Stress Echocardiogram (STE)

The stress echo combines the exercise tolerance test with an ultrasound of the heart, performed before and after exercise. This test looks at the squeezing function of the heart before and after exercise, which is an indication of blood flow. Normally, the heart function becomes stronger after exercise, however if there are blockages in the heart arteries, the muscle may become weaker.


This test takes approximately one hour from start to finish, including preparation time. Wear (or bring) comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Eat a light meal before the test (do not fast!) and take your usual medications unless otherwise directed by your physician. Be sure to drink sufficient water before the test so that you will be well hydrated. A shower and towels are available if you would like to shower afterwards.

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