Making use of stress echocardiograms to diagnose heart related diseases
Stress echocardiograms are mostly used on people who are known to have some degree of coronary artery disease or maybe have recently suffered from a heart attack. It can also be used to make sure that the heart is functioning properly before going into surgery or any other treatments.
Stress echocardiograms make use of sound waves generated by the transducers to produce the images of the heart when under stress. The stress can be induced by physical exercises such as jogging on a treadmill, or cycling, etc. or it can be induced artificially by administering drugs to the patient.
The images of the heart are developed under varying conditions of stress to the patient. This can be done by increasing the incline in the treadmill or increasing the difficulty level in the cycle. The heart rate and the blood pressure are also monitored throughout the procedure in order to get the most effective results.
The test is generally conducted in order to make sure that all the parts of the heart are receiving adequate blood and are able to perform their functions efficiently when under stress.
The general procedure and protocols followed during stress echocardiography tests
Before undergoing the echocardiogram, the patient must prepare himself/herself by avoiding food or drinks for up to three hours before the procedure. The medical institution then takes the necessary consent from the patient and starts the test.