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Stress Echo

This test combines the exercise stress test with an echocardiogram.

  • First, you will undergo a resting echocardiogram. This test uses sound waves (ultrasound) to create a picture of the heart. Important information about the heart’s shape, movement of the muscle, chambers and valves is recorded.
  • Next is the exercise stress test. You will undergo another echocardiogram either as your heart rate is increasing or at the peak of exercise.

​The images for the resting and exercise echocardiograms are then compared. If any parts of the heart are not getting enough blood and oxygen during exercise, this will show up on the exercise echocardiogram.

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