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It is a test that shows ultrasound pictures of your heart before and after you walk on a treadmill. It can help determine how well your heart functions when you exert yourself.
The test is done in three parts. The first part involves a resting echocardiogram. The technologist will use a transducer (microphone) to take images of your heart. This is safe and painless. The second part involves walking on a treadmill. The treadmill will gradually increase in speed and incline. The physician will watch your EKG and check your blood pressure. You should try and walk as long as you can or until the physician stops the test. The third step of the test requires that you move quickly back to the exam table where images will be made of your heart. With these pictures, the physician can see how your heart responds to exercise. Plan on being at our office about 1 ½ hours. Afterwards, you can continue your normal activities.
The echocardiogram test is safe and painless. The treadmill portion of the test is generally safe. There is a small amount of risk because the test does stress the heart. Possibilities include abnormal heart rhythms and very rare heart attack. Experienced personnel are available to handle any emergencies.
The physician will review the images. He will give you the results at a later appointment or will send the report to your physician.