A stres echocardiogram procedure combines an ultrasound of the heart with an exercise test to see how the heart wall motion responds to exercise.

What to Expect 

The test will take about 1 hour to perform. The test will have three components. First, a technician will obtain an echocardiogram (ultrasound) of your heart at rest. Second, you will be asked to exercise on a treadmill. Third, a second echocardiogram is recorded immediately after exercising. These echo images will be displayed onto a television monitor for the technician to visualize, and they will also be recorded for a Cardiologist to review. This procedure can compare the pumping strength of the heart at rest and during exercise.

What to Do 

Have something light to eat 2 hours prior to the echocardiogram procedure. No caffeine the day of the test. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you will be able to exercise in. Continue taking your medications as prescribed unless instructed otherwise by your physician.   

After scheduling your appointment, you may pre-register by phone 2 days prior to the test by calling 847.492.6900. If you have not been pre-registered over the phone you should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment and report to the Registration Department.  You will be asked to provide billing and insurance information at that time.

This test is available at the following locations:

  • Evanston Hospital
  • Glenbrook Hospital
  • Highland Park Hospital
  • Old Orchard Medical Office Building
  • Vernon Hills Specialty Care Center

For further information about echocardiogram procedures or to schedule an appointment please contact us at any one of our locations and our staff will be happy to assist you.

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