Echocardiographic Stress Testing

Echocardiographic stress testing uses ultrasound to create an image of the heart as the patient exercises to put the heart under strain. Alternatively, a physician may administer a medication to induce an increase in heart rate and pumping strength. Doctors then compare echocardiograms at rest to the echocardiograms under stress to attempt to locate areas in the heart that aren’t performing properly.