Stress Echocardiogram

This test combines the treadmill test and the echocardiogram. A resting echocardiogram is done then repeated immediately after the exercise. Both digitized studies are compared side by side. Patients with blocked coronary arteries have transient abnormal motion as part of their heart muscle after exercise, which can be seen with the echocardiogram. If patients cannot exercise a chemical test may be substituted for the treadmill exercise.