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Understanding Exercise: Stress Echocardiogram

The Exercise Stress Echocardiogram is a sophisticated ultrasound technology that visualises the heart's performance under physically demanding conditions. The test is designed to assess any potential significant narrowing within your heart arteries. By contrasting the heart's function pre and post-exercise via echocardiography, Dr Karthigesan can determine if your heart is receiving sufficient blood flow or if any narrowing is inhibiting this vital supply.

At Dr Karthigesan Clinic, Chennai, we pride ourselves on employing state-of-the-art technology to offer you the most comprehensive cardiac care. Trust in Dr Karthigesan’s expertise to keep your heart health at the forefront- today and every day.

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Conditions Assessed with Exercise Stress Echocardiogram

Exercise stress echocardiograms and pharmacological stress test are integral diagnostic tools commonly used in the assessment of coronary artery disease. However, their use extends beyond this, providing valuable insights for numerous other conditions. These include:

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Failure
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Heart Valve Disease

Exercise Stress Echocardiogram:  What to Anticipate?

  • Refrain from consuming caffeine for 24 hours preceding the test.
  • Adhere to the doctor's instructions about managing your medication on the test day.
  • Abstain from eating or drinking anything a few hours before the test.
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco products on the day of the test.
  • Dress in comfortable attire and footwear suitable for walking.
  • The process initiates with a transthoracic echocardiogram, examining the resting state of your heart's structure and function.
  • Following this, you will be instructed to exercise on a treadmill while under continuous monitoring.
  • After completing the treadmill exercise, another echocardiogram is carried out to evaluate your heart's pump functionality under stress.
  • Typically, the entire test takes about an hour to complete.
  • Post-procedure care following an exercise echocardiogram is generally straightforward, with no special care usually necessary.
  • However, based on your individual health situation, your doctor may provide additional post-procedure instructions.
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