What is an Exercise Stress Echo?

An exercise stress echo test sometimes called a treadmill test helps your doctor find out if you have any blockages in the arteries of the heart or if you have an irregular heartbeat. During stress echocardiogram, the sound waves of ultrasound are used to produce images of the heart at rest and at the peak of exercise. The stress echo test helps your doctor find out your risk for a heart attack. Typically a stress test takes 30 minutes to perform.

Who should get this test?

Your doctor may order a stress echocardiography test if you have these indications:

  • chest pain
  • coronary artery disease
  • myocardial infarction
  • heart attack

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

  • Fasting 4 hours before the test is required; medications should not be taken the morning of the test
  • Patients should not use lotion as they can interfere with body sensors.
  • Be sure to bring athletic clothing and sneakers for the exercise test
  • If you have arthritis or another medical problem that prevents you from exercising, speak to your physician about alternate testing

Bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

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