Overview: A stress echocardiogram is done immediately after exercising to see how the heart functions.
A stress echocardiogram (stress echo), is an echocardiogram conducted immediately after exercising. The general purpose is to see how the heart functions during exercise. In HCM stress echos help to see whether blood flow from the left ventricle is obstructed during exercise (a provocable obstruction). It can also help indicate that blood supply to the heart muscle is obstructed. Exercise is usually on a treadmill or stationary bike. Your blood pressure and heart rhythm will also be monitored throughout the test.
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