As specialized providers, the Windsor Heart Institute offers stress echocardiography.
This combines a regular stress test with echocardiographic images of the heart at rest and peak exercise.
Stress echocardiography provides increased sensitivity and specificity (80-90%) when compared to other testing modalities. This overcomes issues related to false positive testing seen in regular treadmill testing and potentially avoids need for more testing.
During The Test:
A resting echocardiogram is performed prior to exercise on a treadmill and at peak exercise; this test is frequently done to assess for coronary artery disease.
Why Is This Test Performed?
- • Noninvasive test to identify reduced blood flow to the heart muscle (ischemia)
- • Chest pain that may be associated with coronary artery disease
- • Determine the effectiveness of a patients’ bypass or angioplasty
- • Cardiac rehabilitation – entry and exit exam; these are performed to help determine how much exercise you can safely tolerate during Cardiac Rehabilitation
- • Effectiveness of medications: BP, antiarrhythmics
- • Assess exercise/ functional capacity
How To Prepare:
- • Bring in a current list of medications
- • Do not wear any creams or lotions
- • Do not wear a Nitro patch the day of the test
- • No caffeine 3 hours prior to testing
- • Bring water if desired
- • Light meal prior to exercise stress test
- • The following Beta Blockers need to be held 24-48 hours prior to testing:
Acebutolol, Metoprolol, Atenolol, Bisoprolol, Carvedilol (Coreg), Lopressor, Pindolol, Nadolol, Propranolol, Verapamil, Cardizem (Diltiazem),
You may be asked to continue these medications
- • Be prepared to be in the office approximately 2 hours
*IF you cannot walk on a treadmill, please call the office and notify us so you appointment can be scheduled accordingly