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Stress Echocardiography

A Stress Echo is actually two tests combined into one. The exercise STRESS test is combined with the ECHOcardiogram to make-up the STRESS ECHO. Echocardiography adds accuracy to the Stress Test when one is likely to have false positive ECG changes like in certain heart cases.

 

To begin this test, a baseline Echocardiography in the resting state is taken. Following that, you are then required to exercise on a treadmill to make your heart works hard and beats fast. Immediately after stopping the treadmill, an Echo examination is repeated while your heart is at its peak activity. Adding Echo to the stress test increases the sensitivity of the stress test in detecting narrowing of your heart vessels.

 

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