Our Echocardiogram and Stress Echocardiogram labs are accredited by ICAEL. Through the accreditation process, laboratories assess every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. This accreditation acknowledges the high quality care you can expect to receive from us.
This test uses sound waves to create a moving image of your heart, also referred to as an ultrasound. This test generally requires about 45 minutes and no preparation is necessary.
TreadmillThese tests require you to walk on a treadmill, therefore, please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Sneakers are ideal if available and women should avoid skirts, as we want you to be able to walk comfortably. Please bring a list of your medications. If you are currently taking a beta-blocker, please hold it the night before and day of the test. If you are unsure of whether or not you are taking a beta-blocker, please contact your physician. Please do not eat or drink for four hours prior to the test. If you have diabetes and feel your glucose level is running low, please test it and consume a small amount (for example juice, crackers, glucose tablets) if necessary and make the staff aware upon arrival. Allow yourself 90 minutes of office time.
This is a type of stress test in which a medication is administered intravenously. This drug simulates exercise and makes your heart rate increase. An echocardiogram is done simultaneously. Allow 2 hours in the office.
Instructions are also available through our instruction line at 784-8173.
There are a few reasons.
Most medications you may take with small sips of water, except for Beta blockers and certain calcium channel blockers. Patients with diabetes should not take oral diabetes medications or insulin the day of the test.
Your test results will be sent electronically to your referring physician as well as your primary care provider (if different) within 24 hours. Your doctor will be notified sooner if your condition requires prompt attention.