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Stress Echocardiogram (Exercise)

An Exercise Stress Echocardiogram (ESE) combines an Exercise Stress Electrocardiogram (EST) with resting and peak Echocardiography (Echo) to assess and measure the effect exercise has on the electrical activity and cardiac function of the heart.

An Echo is first performed to observe heart function at rest. Patients will then be asked to walk on a treadmill while the speed and incline increases every three minutes. Electrodes that are attached at various points on the chest provide continuous information on patient’s heart rate, while blood pressure is taken at three minute intervals.

Once patients reach their maximal heart rate or experience any pain, fatigue or discomfort, they will be asked to immediately lie down while an echo is performed once more. Images and movies are captured of the cardiac function both at rest and at peak exercise, allowing the doctor to measure the changes seen during exercise.


Please wear comfortable shoes and a two piece outfit, as you may be required to remove clothing from the waist up. You will be given a gown to wear during the test. Please refrain from using lotion or talcum powder on your torso on the day of the appointment.


This test is performed at the Brisbane Cardiology Office.


Medicare rebate is available.


30-40 minutes.