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A stress echocardiogram uses ultrasound along with a treadmill stress test to determine the likelihood of having coronary artery disease.  The technician will take resting images of your heart.  Next you will be asked to exercise on a treadmill while your blood pressure and EKG are closely monitored.  When you achieve a target heart rate based on your age, additional ultrasound images of your heart will be obtained to determine if there is significant blockage in the arteries that feed the heart muscle.

Patient Instructions:

1.     Do Not eat or drink anything except for water (2) hours prior to the test.

2.     Do Not smoke on the day of the test.

3.     Do Not take the following medications for 2 days unless your physician tells you otherwise:

·      Beta Blockers: Atenolol, carvedilol, metoprolol

·      Calcium Channel Blockers: Diltiazem, Verapamil

·      Isosorbide Dinitrate: Dilatrate, Isordil, Sorbitrate

·      Isosorbide Mononitrate: Ismo, Imdur, Monoket

·      Nitroglycerin: Minitran, Nitropatches, Nitrostat

4.     If you use an inhaler for breathing, please bring it to your test.

5.     Dibetetic Instructions:  If you take insulin, ask your physician for specific instructions for the day of your test.

6.     Wear comfortable clothing that can be removed from the waist up (no dresses or one piece outfits). 

        Please bring closed toed shoes suitable for walking.

7.     Please cancel your appointment at least 48 hours prior  to your appointment if you are unable to make your appointment.

8.     In order to ensure effective communication, all non-English speaking patients are requested to bring a translator

        to their procedure.

9.     Be prepared to be here for 1 ½ hours for entire procedure which includes prep, the actual test and recovery period.