A stress echocardiography is a kind of ultrasound test that is done to diagnose heart diseases. It helps in determining, how your heart muscles will respond to the stress. This test is generally done when you already have some known heart conditions. It is mainly done to diagnose and evaluate coronary artery diseases.
This test is also known as echocardiography stress test and stress test – echocardiography.
Some times person is not able to reach the targeted heart rate then in that case he is given medicine through veins to make heart beat faster same as the time you exercise to reach the target.
Few things should be kept in mind before going for any type of heart test
Stress echocardiography test takes around one and a half or two hours for the entire test including the preparation, stress test and the echo imaging.
There are no adverse effects found from the ultrasound during the time of echo imaging. The risk in this test is very rare and it can be similar to what you can have from any strenuous exercise like jogging or running up a flight of upstairs. Person can have rare complications like unrelieved chest pain, abnormal heart rhythm or even a heart attack but these problems are very rare and experienced medical staff is capable to manage it.
If the patient reaches the targeted heart rate and images in the ultrasound is clear then this test is really helpful in diagnosing heart diseases in most of the patients.
The main benefit of the test is this that it reveals whether your all arteries are getting enough blood and oxygen or not. If not then you can get your treatment started before getting problem more complicated.
If you already have this problem then this test shows whether blood flow is stable or not.