A Stress echocardiogram is a test that involves exercising to increase your heart rate, with an ultrasound of your heart performed before and after the exercise. This information is combined with ECG recorded throughout the test to assess how your heart responds to exercise stress.
Your doctor may refer you for a stress echo to look for blockages in your heart arteries (Coronary Heart Disease) that could lead to a heart attack if not diagnosed early and treated.
Your doctor may ask you to have a stress echocardiogram if you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or if there is any concern that you may have coronary heart disease.
While every effort is made to minimize the risks of the procedure, there are rare risks, including abnormal heart beat, and angina, or heart attack.
Please feel free to discuss these issues prior to agreeing to undergo the exercise stress test.
Before proceeding with the test we need your signed consent. The signing of this form is voluntary and you are absolutely free to deny consent if you so desire, if so, the test will not be done. Before signing the consent form, please feel free to ask the staff performing your test any questions you have about exercise stress testing.
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