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As the name suggests, a Stress Echocardiogram is a combination of an ultrasound Echocardiogram or Echo and a regular Treadmill Stress Test.
An initial baseline Echocardiogram is performed to assess the heart at rest, after which the patient is prepped for a Stress Test. Immediately following the Stress Test the Echo is repeated to obtain post-stress pictures, ideally within 1 minute of stopping exercise.
Often a Stress Echocardiogram is done to evaluate the heart’s valve function or presence of Coronary Artery Disease.