Stress Echocardiography aids in the diagnosis of ischemic heart disease and helps manage various cardiac conditions such as valvular heart disease. Using stress testing, doctors at Cardiac Specialists can help determine the cause of chest pain and make an assessment of future risk. This test can also help to determine causes of shortness of breath.
By putting you through a series of exercises, your heart must pump more blood and consume more oxygen, generating a screening mechanism to see if you have any blockages in the arteries in your heart. In addition, the test can be used to determine the significance of a known heart valve problem or coronary artery disease.
The test if sometimes done just with monitoring the electrocardiogram during exercise, but it is also often combined with an echocardiogram or nuclear study to better define the cardiac problem.