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Stress Echocardiogram

A Stress Echocardiogram is a diagnostic tool made up of two components; a stress test and an echocardiogram. During the stress test component of the test, you will be walking on a treadmill. The treadmill will increase in speed and elevation at predetermined times. During the echocardiogram portion of the test, you will be lying on a stretcher while ultrasound images of your heart are recorded.

Prior to walking on the treadmill, the Echocardiogram Technologist will obtain resting EKGs, blood pressures and echocardiogram images. When the Cardiologist arrives in the Echo Lab, you will be asked to walk on the treadmill starting at a slow speed with a small incline. You must be able to walk on the treadmill long enough to increase your heart rate considerably. Your progress will be monitored with additional EKGs and blood pressures as you walk on the treadmill and increase your heart rate. At your peak heart rate, we will obtain an EKG and more echocardiogram images. There is only a 15 second window to obtain the high heart rate echocardiogram images because your heart rate starts to drop immediately. Therefore, we ask you to please adjust to the treadmill stopping and move quickly to the stretcher. You may be asked to hold your breath on inhalation or exhalation when your echocardiogram images are obtained.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and a two piece outfit because you will be asked to wear a hospital gown during the test. No caffeine or nicotine 12 hours prior to the start of the test.

Please call 610-738-2771 to schedule a test.

The Chester County HospitalView Map
Echocardiogram Lab, 2nd Floor
701 East Marshall Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610.738.2771
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

Last Updated: 6/10/2010