You will then be asked to perform a “graded” exercise test on a motor-driven treadmill. The exercise protocol that you will follow will be determined by the physician supervising your test but will begin at a relatively easy level and become progressively more difficult with each subsequent stage. Your blood pressure, heart rate, and ECG will be recorded at frequent intervals during exercise and after exercise.
The physician or technologist may stop the test at any time for medical reasons. You may ask to stop the test at any time because of significant fatigue or discomfort. However, we encourage you to exercise as long as possible so that we may assess your heart under maximum stress.
When maximum stress is reached the treadmill will be slowed then stopped fairly quickly. Once the treadmill is stopped you will be asked to immediately sit and then roll onto your left hip with your left arm under your head. This is what we like to refer to as “Stop Drop & Roll.”
The sonographer will use the transducer to capture the stress echocardiography images for one minute. You may be asked to exhale and hold it for as long as you can during this part of the test. The sonographer will record and store both the rest and the stress images.