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Stress Echocardiogram


Information About This Test

This procedure assesses for stress-induced arrhythmias or blockages in the arteries of the heart. An echocardiogram records sound waves that create images on the monitor.

During this procedure, we will obtain an ultrasound of the heart at rest. We also obtain EKG’s before, continuously during exercise and during your cool down/recovery. You will have a repeat echocardiogram post stress induced (by walking on a treadmill).

How Long Does This Procedure Take

The procedure takes about an hour.

What Preparation is Required Prior To This Procedure

  • You can eat and drink normally prior to the procedure although we generally recommend avoiding caffeine on the morning of the procedure.
  • You may be asked to hold certain medications such as beta blockers (metoprolol, atenolol, carvedilol, etc) on the morning of the procedure or even the night before. This will be determined by your provider.
  • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are required. We recommend a 2 piece outfit and no dresses should be worn.
  • No minor children should accompany the patient unless another adult is responsible for them.

Who Performs/Interprets This Procedure

This procedure is performed by a cardiac sonographer, who is an ultrasound specialist in imaging the heart, as well as a cardiac nurse with advanced training in stress testing and ECG monitoring.

The procedure is interpreted by a cardiologist with advanced echocardiography certification.

To schedule a Stress Echocardiogram, obtain an order from your physician and call 217-762-1826 to schedule an appointment at Kirby Medical Center.