Stress Echo Testing in West Bridgewater, MA
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What Is a Stress Echo Test?
Also called an echo stress test, stress echo testing is part echocardiogram and part stress test. At Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology, board-certified internist and cardiologist Dr. John K. Terzian and his team conduct echo stress tests to observe the heart in action. Dr. Terzian may order this testing if symptoms, like chest pain, lightheadedness, arrhythmia, or shortness of breath, seem to get worse with activity. This type of testing may also be conducted on athletes, people who are scheduled for surgery, or people who have been exposed to extreme conditions. Schedule an appointment with our cardiac testing team at our West Bridgewater, MA practice to learn more about your heart health.
How Does Stress Echo Testing Work?
Our practitioner will give a special set of instructions to follow before and after your echo stress test. Since caffeine and tobacco may interfere with test results, we recommend avoiding these products before the hour-long test. Stress echo testing combines an echocardiogram and stress test. Electrodes are connected to an electrocardiogram machine to track heart rate. A blood pressure cuff is also attached to record this diagnostic vital sign throughout the test.
While at rest, Dr. Terzian will perform an electrocardiogram and echocardiogram, which requires you to lie on your left side while an ultrasound wand or transducer is moved over your chest to collect images. To measure your body during activity, we’ll have you exercise on a treadmill, increasing your level of exercise every few minutes. Once you reach your target heart rate, Dr. Terzian will ask if you feel anything unusual, such as chest pain, pressure in your chest, jaw, or arm, lightheadedness, dizziness, or shortness of breath. He will then have you return to the exam table to conduct the ultrasound test again and measure your vital signs.
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He explained to my husband and myself what we were facing. Also, his personality and bedside manner was superb. Not worried about this procedure at this time. Just waiting to have it scheduled. Office staff up front were caring and polite. Just be glad when all is done and over.
Dr John has been my Cardiologist for many years. He never acts hurried to move me along. The care I have gotten is exceptional!
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Your Heart in Action
Stress echo testing involves an echocardiogram performed at rest and during exercise. Dr. Terzian studies the changes the heart goes through at rest and while active to identify any weakening of the heart muscle, which may show coronary artery disease. Schedule an appointment at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology in West Bridgewater, MA to have our cardiac care team observe your heart in action.