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What is a stress echocardiogram?

A stress echocardiogram is also known as a stress echo or stress test. This noninvasive test is used to ensure the heart and blood vessels are healthy both at a rest and at working heart rate. We begin by understanding your resting heart rate, then your heart rate will be monitored on a treadmill. Once your target heart rate is reached, we'll capture images of the heart during this state. This test can help tell many things about the heart including the following:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart valve problems
  • Amount of exercise/stress that is safe for the heart
  • If the heart is strong enough for surgery

Who can benefit from a stress echocardiogram?

A stress echocardiogram requires a referral or doctor’s order. This usually comes from a primary care physician (PCP) but can also be from a cardiologist. Common reasons for a doctor ordering a stress test include the following:

  • Chest pain or shortness of breath
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Previous heart attack
  • Family history of heart disease

Schedule a test with our team

Once you have received your doctor’s order, you can contact us to schedule an appointment. If you require further information, contact the Gunnison Valley Health Cardiopulmonary department at 970-641-7295.

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