How is the test performed?

The sonographer will take an echocardiogram of your heart at rest and again after walking on a treadmill.

You will be asked to walk on a treadmill while connected to an ECG machine with the treadmill speed and slope gradually increased at regular intervals.
It will be stopped when you cannot walk or run any more or at the request of the cardiologist.

The before and after images are then compared side-by-side to find any areas of heart muscle that might not be not contracting as well after exercise.

Will I feel safe?

Yes – your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored and an electrocardiogram (ECG) will be performed. The cardiologist will be present.

How long will it take?

Approximately 40 mins

Is there any preparation required?

You should wear comfortable walking shoes and loose fitting clothing that allows access to the front of your chest.

Chest hair may need to be shaved to allow the electrodes to adhere to the skin and can be performed on the day if needed.

When will I know the results?

The cardiologist will provide you with the results at the end of the test and the report will be sent to your referring doctor.

Please bring the following to your appointment

  • Medicare card
  • Any concession or health insurance cards
  • A current referral from your GP or specialist (if not already provided)

Fees apply and full payment is expected on the day of the test.