Purpose And Description Of Stress Test Echocardiogram Sydney
The stress test echocardiogram Sydney is an imaging test that uses ultrasound to show how well your heart functions during exercise stress. These tests are used to diagnose the presence or absence of coronary artery disease. An echocardiogram is performed at rest, followed by low, medium and high levels of exercise using a low-level bicycle or a drug called Dobutamine that mimics exercise.
A specialist or sonographer will explain the diagnosis, take a brief readout of the medical history, and answer all the questions that you may have. Your heart rate, blood pressure, and electrocardiogram (ECG) will be checked before, during, and after the test.
You will be asked to remove all of the above clothing, put on a hole-in-front dress, and lie down on the test table.
Some electrodes will be put onto your chest to monitor and record ECG signals. Your chest will be thoroughly cleaned with alcohol and also shaved if necessary. Minor scratches can also ensure a continuous and smooth ECG recording.
Some echo scans also require using a substance called a comparison agent. A comparison agent helps to improve image quality.
The specialist or nurse will insert a vein (IV) into a vein in one of your arms.
The sonographer will apply the gel to a small ultrasound probe, place it on the left side of your chest, and will take a few relaxing photos of your heart. To get good quality photos, it is necessary to put some pressure on your chest with a probe.
Your relaxed blood pressure, heart rate, and ECG will be recorded.
You will be tested for depression. Then, you will be asked to ride a low bike (lying on the floor), or you will be given the exercise Dobutamine, which mimics exercise. The resistance is very light at first in a bike, but it will increase in difficulty every two minutes. You must step as long as possible to achieve the intended load and ensure that the test is accurate. It usually takes about 10 minutes.
You will be monitored during the stress test echocardiogram Sydney. In the event of a problem, the specialist will immediately suspend the test. You must tell a specialist if you feel any kind of symptoms, such as shortness of breath, pain, dizziness, or extreme fatigue.
The photographer will record echo pictures of the heart at different times during the exercise.
Your blood pressure and ECG will be monitored 3 to 6 minutes after exercise.
A cardiologist will review the details after the completion of the test. The report will be sent to the doctor (s) involved in your care.
Before Your Testing
Forty-eight hours before your test, stop Cialis and Levitra.
On The Day Of Your Test
Six hours prior to your test: Do not eat anything containing caffeine.
Two hours before: Do not drink, eat, or smoke.
Take your regular medication unless directed by your doctor. Take all your medicines in the first bottles.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
After your test
There are no limits after echo stress.