Should you have an echo cardiogram before a cardiac stress test?

My daughters best friend is 22 she is approx. 100lbs overweight, she’s a large farm girl, her breasts alone must account for at least 25% of this excess. She has been having heart rate issues, when sitting her heart rate is 90 if she walks down the street it goes up to 160 this was verified by a halter. She has had a ct scan and they saw no blockages. Her cardiologist has ordered a stress test later this week, but I think she should have a echo cardiogram first to make sure their are no internal cardio problems prior to the stress test. I’m afraid she could have a heart attack if her heart rate is pushed too high. Please advise! thanks (—)

Age: 22
Medications: none

2 Comments on “Should you have an echo cardiogram before a cardiac stress test?

  1. In fact a cardiac stress test will monitor blood pressure, heart rate, and electrocardiogram before, during and after test. The resting blood pressure, heart rate, and ECG will be recorded. As test progresses, the actual stress will increase and monitored. Should there be a problem the technician supervising the test will stop the test.

  2. Hi.
    Thanks for the query.

    A cardiac stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps a doctor find out how well your heart handles work. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. It also helps doctors know the kind and level of exercise appropriate for a patient.

    It measures Heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), and how tired you feel are monitored during the test.

    It is done under the supervision of a trained technician or a physician.

    If there is any disturbance in the vital signs then it shall be stopped immediately..

    So do not worry about it.

    Hope this helps..


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