Stress Echo-Cardiography or the echocardiography is a test that evaluates the functioning of the heart and the associated blood vessels.
What is Stress Echo-Cardiography?
Stress Echo-Cardiography is stress or an exercise test which the patient undertakes on a stationary bike or a treadmill. This is done while the pulse rate and the blood pressure are monitored.
- At the peak of the heart rate, ultrasound images of the heart are taken to determine the performance of heart muscles.
- The images also monitor the blood and oxygen flowing to the heart at the peak of the heart rate.
The patient is usually asked to get Stress Echo-Cardiography done if he has complained chest pain or if he suspects a heart disease.
How is Stress Echo-Cardiography performed?
Stress Echo-Cardiography is performed as follows:
- Ten electrodes are glued to the chest of the patient.
- These electrodes are connected to a machine called ECG.
- The ECG regularly notes the electrical activity of the heart and images are taken in a relaxed position.
- The stress test requires the patient to exercise heavily on the treadmill until the heart reaches its peak rate.
- Once there, the doctor performs another ultrasound to get more images in the stressed state.
- Ultrasound is done till heart rate reaches back to normal.
The test is completed in 45-60 minutes.
Side effects/risks of Stress Echo-Cardiography
Side effects of Stress Echo-Cardiography may be some or one of the following:
- Heart attack
Preparation before performing Stress Echo-Cardiography
Preparation of Stress Echo-Cardiography is:
- The patient needs to be relaxed before the test.
- Reach the hospital in time.
Post-care after Stress Echo-Cardiography
Post care for Stress Echo-Cardiography is:
- Follow-up with the doctor.Maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The mfine team tries its best to provide wellness facilities for their patients including Stress Echo-Cardiography.
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