Stress Echo - Cardiac Ultrasound Under Stress
Stress echocardiography (a so-called stress echo) assesses the heart's pump function by means of cardiac ultrasound while the stress level is gradually increased. In combination with an exercise ECG, the stress echo takes place in a reclined ergometer that can also be slowly tipped into a left lateral position to capture a more accurate image of the heart. Stress echos display cardiac circulation more precisely in comparison to ergometry. An even more precise yet non-invasive assessment of cardiac circulation is possible by means of an adenosine cardiac stress MRI. We do not conduct dobutamine stress echos in our offices.