Common Reasons For Testing
- Chest pain
- Abnormal EKG
- Known Coronary artery disease
What to Expect
This test uses either exercise or a medication to increase the heart rate along with ultrasound images to assess the function of the heart under stress. The physician will be present during the test. EKG leads will be attached and electrical signals will be recorded before, during, and after exercise. A sonographer will obtain resting ultrasound images of the heart from different locations on the chest. If exercising, the treadmill will begin slowly then gradually increase in speed and slope. Once peak heart rate is reached, the sonographer will obtain more images immediately after exercise. If unable to walk on a treadmill, a medication will be given to increase the heart rate. Ultrasound images will be obtained at rest and periodically throughout the test. This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes; allow 1 to 2 hours with preparation and recovery.
- Fasting for at least 4 hours is required
- Avoid any products containing caffeine for at least 12 hours before the test.
- Avoid any products containing nicotine (tobacco, nicotine patches, or nicotine gum) for at least 8 hours prior.
- Check with the ordering physician about which medications should or should not be taken.
Hours of Operation
- Radiology Scheduling: (330) 674-1584 extension 4124
- This test is scheduled Monday-Friday at 11 am to 1 pm.
All testing is performed by a Registered Vascular or Cardiac Sonographer