What Is a Stress Echocardiogram?

Also known as an exercise echo, the stress echocardiogram combines an ultrasound of the heart with exercise and allows providers to see how the heart functions when working harder. The test is useful in diagnosing coronary artery disease-blockages in the arteries. 

What to Expect During the Test

The test is divided into three parts:

  • Resting
  • During exercise
  • At peak of exercise

Preparing for the Test

  • Do not take any beta blockers the night before the test
  • Do not eat or drink for at least three hours prior to the test
  • Do not use lotions or oils on the skin
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing suitable for exercise

Be Prepared to Provide the Following

  • Your height
  • Your weight
  • Cardiac history, i.e. dates of any heart attacks, heart surgeries, angiograms, etc.
  • Recent symptoms
  • Complete list of medications


Questions about your upcoming stress echocardiogram can be directed to Cardiac Management at 515-386-0469.