Southeastern Cardiology is the only institution in Columbus that performs this service. A stress echo is a procedure that determines how well your heart and blood vessels are working.
WHAT TO EXPECT: During a stress echo you will exercise (walk) on a treadmill while your doctor monitors your blood pressure and heart rhythm. An IV will be placed for precautionary purposes only. When your heart rate reaches peak levels, your doctor will take ultrasound images of your heart to determine whether your heart muscle is getting enough blood and oxygen while you exercise. Your blood pressure will be monitored before, during and after the test.. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. This test lasts approximately one hour and patients are asked to not eat 4 hours prior to the test.