Stress Echocardiography

Stress Echocardiography combines the modalities of Exercise Stress Testing and Echocardiography. Baseline images of the heart are acquired with a limited echocardiogram. A standard exercise stress test is then performed on a treadmill. At the peak of exercise, another set of images of the heart is rapidly acquired. These images are then compared to the pre-exercise images. Abnormalities of the heart muscle after exercise can indicate coronary artery disease. UnlikeĀ nuclear stress testing, there is no radiation involved, and no IV is required. Suitable images must be acquired for a diagnostic test; otherwise nuclear stress testing might be the more appropriate test modality.