A Stress Echo is a non-invasive test that combines two tests, a treadmill stress test (TST) and an echocardiogram (ECHO) The test creates a graphic outline of the heart’s movement. A stress echo can accurately visualize the motion of the heart’s walls and pumping action when the heart is stressed; it may reveal a lack of blood flow that isn’t always apparent at rest.
How Should I Prepare for the Test?
- It is important for the patient to ask his/her doctor:
- how to adjust his insulin and food intake prior to the test if he is a diabetic.
- If he should take his regular medications the morning of the test.
- If he is on a Beta Blocker, can he STOP taking this medication 72 hours before the test as this is recommended for best results.
- Do not apply lotions, oils or powders to the chest area.
- Wear comfortable clothing (shorts or pants with shirt or blouse) and walking or jogging shoes.