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What is a stress echo?

What is a stress echo?

Ultrasound: This is an ultrasound examination that evaluates heart motion and heart valve motion during rest and exercise. It is one of several ways to evaluate the condition of the heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Am having difficulty sleeping & have strained breathing&burping.What shud be done stress echo or normal echo.While walking have no probs of breathing.

Am having difficulty sleeping & have strained breathing&burping.What shud be done stress echo or normal echo.While walking have no probs of breathing.

Gerd? sleep apnea?: The fact that your shortness of breath does not get worse with walking or exercise would go against an ischemic or lack of blood flow scenario for which stress echo is necessary. In addition a regular echo might not be the next dx choice either. If this happens more during night I would consider possible gerd, aka reflux, and trying sleeping with 2 oil lows or take an anti acid Li protonix (pantoprazole) befor ...Read more

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My echocardiogram and my ECG were normal, so what are the chances of my Stress ECHO being normal If I did the test? High right?

My echocardiogram and my ECG were normal, so what are the chances of my Stress ECHO being normal If I did the test? High right?

Likely normal: It's likely to be normal but not for the reasons you list. Because you're 24, the incidence of coronary disease is very low, so your test will probably be normal. However it's entirely possible to have a nl resting echo and nl EKG and an abnormal stress echo which is specifically looking for evidence of inadequate circulation. The resting tests are relatively insensitive to that. ...Read more

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36f w/ palpitations/dizziness/fatigue before having bm. What could be the cause? Ekg, stress echo normal except pfo. No meds or other sign. Pmhx.

36f w/ palpitations/dizziness/fatigue before having bm. What could be the cause? Ekg, stress echo normal except pfo. No meds or other sign. Pmhx.

Vagal: Youth be stimulating your vagus nerve. The result is usually a slow heart rate and lowering of the blood pressure. To make the diagnosis you may need to wear an event monitor or have a tilt table test. If this happens frequently the answer may be more fiber or a stool softener. ...Read more

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What would an echo stress test show....That a regular echo test doesn't?

What would an echo stress test show....That a regular echo test doesn't?

Change w/exercise : When excercised, or 'stressed', the heart needs more oxegen to function properly than at rest. If it's not getting that increase, the muscle will start to move in abnormal ways, which will show up on the echo. At rest, because it needs less oxegen, it may be getting enough, so it will look normal then. ...Read more

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How does a stress echo go?

How does a stress echo go?

STRESS ECHO: Echocardiogram is an ultrasoung exam of your heart, which detects the anatomy and functioning of your heart.Stress echo is same test done after exercise on a treadmill or on bicycle, if you can not do exercise they inject Dobutamine iv, all these to increse your heart rate to meximum, and see any part of your heart muscle is not getting enough blood supply or oxygen as heart rate increses. ...Read more

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Stress echo w/complete TTE -what is it? Can you explain it for me?

Stress echo w/complete TTE -what is it? Can you explain it for me?

Ultrasound: A complete TTE is a transthoracic echocardiogram. Essentially an ultrasound probe is placed on your chest to visualize heart size and function. The stress portion means they will do an ultrasound at rest and then right after stress with exercise on a treadmill or a medication to increase your heart rate mimicking exercise. Stress can bring out abnormalities not seen at rest. ...Read more

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Have a stress echo coming up. Will working out beforehand to prepare improve test results ?

Have a stress echo coming up. Will working out beforehand to prepare improve test results ?

Not recommended: Depends on your cardiovascular fitness and your overall health profile. Usually you want to be tested as close to your baseline as possible because you are exercising your heart to exhaustion. It's usually not easy and you are asked to push your heart and body to the limit to see if your heart is experiencing oxygen hunger at that level. It may also give the examiner a false resting EKG and BP. ...Read more

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Nervous about my stress echo tomorrow im outta shape im 23 any advice I barely exercise trying to change that now?

Nervous about my stress echo tomorrow im outta shape im 23 any advice I barely exercise trying to change that now?

Don't sweat it: Stress echo is simple-you run in the treadmill then the echo is done immediately after. It is ordered not to test your fitness but to determine if you have some form of heart disease. Regardless,you should work out regularly for health sake. ...Read more

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Latest stress echo. All normal except ANTERIOR WALL FAILS TO AUGMENT OVERALL ATTENUATED CONTRACTILE RESPONSE. EF of 55. Trivial MR and TR- Bad?

Latest stress echo.   All normal except ANTERIOR WALL FAILS TO AUGMENT OVERALL ATTENUATED CONTRACTILE RESPONSE.  EF of 55. Trivial MR and TR- Bad?

C/w anterior heart: attack. No stress tests work well because atherosclerosis does not narrow arteries; arteries enlarge, study: goo.gl/aRhOU2 Narrowings are a result of plaque ruptures & blood clots/thrombus within the lumen; severe narrowing is the only thing all stress tests are capable of detecting. Thus optimize the major driving factors: NMR lipoproteins LDL <700 nmol/L, HbA1c <5.0%, systolic BP <120 mmHg. ...Read more

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Echo (Definition)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen ...Read more