Stress Echocardiography (Stress ECHO)
Stress Echocardiography is an exercise stress test which utilizes echocardiography to provide information on exercise tolerance, ischemic burden, and structural heart disease including valvular disease, pericardial disease and provides analysis of left ventricular failure. A resting Echocardiograph is performed first; then the resting and post-exercise images are compared to evaluate coronary artery disease.
Testing usually takes 60 minutes. Stress echocardiography can also be done with a medicine called dobutamine if you are unable to walk. Check with the clinical staff for specific test preparation instructions. These tests are being performed in: Lorain (NOH) and Westlake (NOH & OMG).