This service or treatment is generally covered by most health insurance policies. You are responsible for checking your insurance policy cover, and you may need a referral letter. Check which insurance companies are covered.
A stress echocardiogram, also known as a stress echo, is a test to determine how well your heart and blood vessels are working.
Your physiologist will record your blood pressure and heart rhythm before you start your test. A resting echocardiogram will be done.
During the test you will be exercising on a bike while monitoring your blood pressure and heart rhythm. It may be that dobutamine is used to increase your heart rate.
When your heart rate reaches peak levels, ultrasound images will be taken of your heart to determine whether your heart muscles are getting enough blood and oxygen when exercising.