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Echocardiograms and Stress Echocardiograms


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  • An echocardiogram is usually performed to assess the size and function of the heart as well as the structure and function of its valves. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to create a visual image of the heart itself. Sound waves are bounced off the heart by means of a small transducer placed on the chest. As the sound bounces or echoes off the heart structures, they are translated into visual images on a screen monitor. The images can reflect structural problems with the heart and its valves. Echocardiograms are performed while you are lying on your left side, although you may be asked to switch positions frequently so that the technician can get the best images of your heart from a variety of angles.

Stress Echocardiogram:

  • The stress echocardiogram is a diagnostic exam used to evaluate your level of fitness, your heart rate and blood pressure response to activity.  In conjunction with the exercise portion of the test, the echocardiogram portion will assess for the presence or absence of coronary artery disease. The test will take approximately one hour.



  • Avoid caffeine 12 hours prior to the test. Bring a list of your current medications, including dosage and frequency.  Take your medications at your usual time, unless your physician has indicated otherwise. You may take your medication with juice, milk or a piece of toast if necessary. You may have water or juice before your stress test, but you should abstain from solid foods for at least two (2) hours prior to your test. If you are a diabetic, please follow your normal daily diet regimen. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your stress test. Slacks or shorts are preferred and shoes should be appropriate for brisk exercise on a treadmill.
  • You will be connected to a heart monitor so that your heart rate and rhythm can be watched closely throughout the test. A resting echocardiogram (ultrasound) will then be performed with specific attention to your heart muscle, valves and blood flow. You will then exercise by walking on a treadmill.  Once you have reached a maximal effort level, the treadmill will stop and you will be asked to quickly lie down for another echocardiogram. You will then be monitored after the stress test until your heart rate, blood pressure and EKG return to resting levels.




The quick, minimally-invasive procedure involves injecting a specially formulated solution directly into the unwanted veins, which ultimately causes them to collapse and fade away.

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, means that the pressure of the blood on the blood vessels is higher than normal.


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Arrhythmias refer to any abnormal or irregular heartbeat. Some arrhythmias can cause fluttering or palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath or lightheadedness.

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Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is a narrowing of the coronary arteries, which supply blood, oxygen, and nutrients to your heart.


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Heart Failure

Heart failure means that the heart isn’t pumping blood as effectively as it should be.



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Varicose Veins

They’re abnormally enlarged and gnarled, often resembling ropes that twist up and down your leg. They typically develop in leg veins, because they must work against gravity to transport blood back to your heart. 

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Venous Ulcers

A venous ulcer, or stasis ulcer, is a skin ulcer that develops on your leg due to underlying problems in leg veins.


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Restless leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is a medical condition that causes crawling sensations and the urge to move your legs.

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