To evaluate narrowing of arteries in patients who have shortness of breath and chest discomfort.
How it works:
• Before you start exercising, the sonographer will perform a resting EKG, measure your resting heart rate and take your blood pressure.
• The sonographer will then ask you to lie on your left side on an exam table so he or she can perform a resting echocardiogram (also called an “echo”).
• After the echo test, you will exercise on a treadmill according to a pre-established protocol.
• When you cannot exercise any longer, you will get off the treadmill, and quickly return to the exam table so the sonographer can perform another echocardiogram.
Where it happens: