An exercise stress echocardiogram assists in making a diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Stress, or exercise, such as walking on a treadmill, is combined with an echocardiogram. This way, your consultant will be able to monitor your heart’s performance whilst it works a little harder.
The procedure takes about 45 minutes and is divided into three stages:
Stage 1: A Cardiac Sonographer will perform an ultrasound on your heart at rest (prior to exercise).
Stage 2: A technician will guide you through an exercise stress test, which involves walking on a treadmill. Your vital signs will be monitored throughout the procedure.
Stage 3: The Cardiac Sonographer will repeat an ultrasound on your heart while it is beating fast (after exercise).
You will be asked to sign a consent form prior to proceeding with the test. We recommend you wear comfortable clothes to exercise in and comfortable walking shoes. Also, please advise staff if you are a diabetic. Finally, do not stop any medications prior to the test unless you have been advised to do so by your doctor.
We are conveniently located in Coffs Harbour on the Pacific Highway in the Specialist Medical Centre (take the exit for ‘Base Hospital’ at traffic lights). There is plenty of parking and we are on Level 2 in Suite 208.
Please take a ticket at the boom gate and bring to your appointment for validation for free parking.