Testing - Stress & Echo

Echocardiogram

Our Echocardiography Department has been accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.

An echocardiogram is a non-invasive, painless procedure which provides information about the structure and function of the heart. High frequency sound waves (ultrasound) are used to create images of the heart.

What to expect

The sonographer/technician places a probe on the chest and directs the ultrasound beam at the heart. The reflected sound waves are detected by the probe and are simultaneously displayed as pictures are taken. The actual velocity of blood flow and patterns are also detected using Doppler, which is a special analysis of the echocardiogram produced by the sound waves. The exam takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes. No preparation is necessary.

Stress Echocardiogram

Stress Echocardiogram is a traditional stress test combined with an echocardiogram. The patient is imaged, as mentioned in the preceeding paragraph, and then the stress test is performed. Immediately following the stress test, another set of echo images are obtained. This exam offers the physicians a comparison of the heart function and structure at rest (no exercise) and stress (post-exercise).

What to expect

The exam takes approximately 1 hour. There is a 2 hour fast prior to the exam, which is the only preparation required.

Baseline Stress Echo 

A baseline stress echo is the combination of an echocardiogram and stress echocardiogram.

On staff, we have registered cardiac sonographers, registered vascular technologists and certified cardiac technologists. The stress echocardiogram studies are conducted under the supervision of a physician.