Coronary Artery Disease

Arteries that are clogged and hardened by cholesterol and fatty buildup restrict blood flow to the heart muscle.

Ultrasound Tests for Coronary Artery Disease

Ultrasound tests are noninvasive tests which use ultrasound, or high frequency sound wave, to create graphic images of the heart and vascular structures, pumping action, and direction of blood flow. Types of ultrasound tests used to diagnosis coronary artery disease include echocardiogram, dobutamine stress echocardiogram and exercise stress echocardiogram.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram (echo) is a graphic outline of the heart’s movement. During an echo test, ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) from a hand-held wand placed on your chest provides pictures of the heart’s valves and chambers to evaluate the pumping action of the heart.

Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

This test is used to evaluate your heart and valve function when you are unable to exercise on a treadmill or stationary cycle.

Exercise Stress Echocardiogram

The exercise stress echo test involves exercising on a treadmill or stationary cycle while you are closely monitored.

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