Stress echocardiography

A stress echocardiogram is a test to diagnose major blockages in the arteries to the heart. An echocardiogram is performed before and immediately after stress (usually walking on the treadmill) to see how the heart contracts with exercise. If there are any major blocked arteries then the heart cannot pump properly with exercise.

Testing consists of walking on a treadmill while connected to an ECG machine. The treadmill will gradually tilt so you feel like you are walking up a small hill and will also gradually increase in speed to make you walk faster. Throughout the test Dr Sammel and/or his nurse will be present and your pulse, blood pressure and ECG will be monitored.