echocardiogram (ECHO)

Echocardiogram Stress Test. The Stress Echo is performed to evaluate the heart's function, mainly the left ventricle (main pumping chamber) when the heart is under stress. Normally, all areas of the heart muscle pump more vigorously during exercise. If an area of the heart muscle does not pump as it should with exercise, this often indicates is not receiving enough blood because of a blocked or narrowed artery. The Stress Echo shows areas of the heart muscle that do not receive an adequate blood supply. However, it does not provide images of the actual coronary arteries. This test can help evaluate the following:

  • A risk for coronary artery disease
  • If the symptoms (i.e., chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, unexplained fatigue, palpitations, lightheadedness, etc.) are caused by a blockage to the heart or other heart conditions
  • It can help detect heart problems that may not be present at rest
  • It is used for cardiac clearance before surgery or other procedure
  • With a coronary heart disease diagnosis, a stress test may enable the doctor to estimate the severity of the blockages
  • After a balloon angioplasty or bypass surgery, a stress test can help monitor the success of the procedure as well as determine an appropriate rehabilitation program

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