Stress Echo Test
What is a Stress Echo Test?
A stress echo test, also known as a stress echocardiogram test, is a medical diagnostic procedure that combines two types of tests: an echocardiogram and a stress test.
During a stress echo test, a healthcare professional will use an ultrasound machine to create images of the heart while the patient is at rest, and then again while the patient is exercising on a treadmill or stationary bike. The exercise gradually increases in intensity to create a "stressful" situation for the heart.
The test helps doctors evaluate the function of the heart and its response to stress. It can be used to diagnose a variety of heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease, heart valve problems, and heart failure. The test is usually performed in a hospital or medical clinic and typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour to complete.