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

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Undiagnosed1 (you may be tired of hearing from me) an echo stress test is only useful in patients with suggestive symptoms. It is not a useful screening test in healthy people who are curious because it has false positives and false negatives. The accuracy of all stress tests (by echo or nuclear imaging) is very poor in low risk populations which is why they're not used for screening.
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Wall motion....
Stress echo will show stress-induced wall motion abnormalities immediately after stress.
Often stress-induced wall motion abnormalities are not seen in other types of imaging such as myocardial perfusion spect since the heart images are not taken immediately after stress. Occasionally post-stress stunning may be seen on myocardial perfusion spect.

In brief: Wall motion....
Stress echo will show stress-induced wall motion abnormalities immediately after stress.
Often stress-induced wall motion abnormalities are not seen in other types of imaging such as myocardial perfusion spect since the heart images are not taken immediately after stress. Occasionally post-stress stunning may be seen on myocardial perfusion spect.
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
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