Exercise stress echocardiography
Commonly called a "stress echo," this type of non-invasive procedure at our heart and vascular hospital in Waxahachie combines ultrasound imaging, electrocardiography (ECG), blood pressure monitoring and exercise to evaluate the effects of exertion on the heart. This test evaluates heart function by ultrasound imaging, which can identify abnormal blood flow to the heart muscle, confirm damage from a previous heart attack and observe the heart valve structures. The ECG is monitored throughout the test and provides necessary information on heart rhythm changes occurring.
Exercise treadmill test
This non-imaging procedure involves exercise, electrocardiography (ECG) and blood pressure monitoring to measure the effect of exercise on the heart. You may hear this referred to as a "stress test" for your heart. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Waxahachie contracts with a firm specializing in exercise treadmill tests to conduct them with our patients.
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Pharmaceutical stress echocardiography
This type of stress test is similar to the exercise stress test but uses medications (instead of a treadmill) to speed up your heart rate and increase the heart's pumping mechanisms. This test is indicated only in patients who are unable to walk on a treadmill long enough to reach the target heart rate during a typical stress test.
Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
This is a minimally invasive test performed by inserting a specialized probe, with an ultrasound transducer at the tip, inside your esophagus to look closely at your heart's upper chambers and valves. The medical team at our Waxahachie heart and vascular hospital uses the transesophageal echocardiogram to look for abnormalities, such as blood clots or infections in the heart and a more detailed look at valve function. This non-invasive heart test does require sedation and may be performed if a transthoracic echo does not provide enough diagnostic information to your care team.
Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE)
This is a quick and accurate test used to assess the overall function of the heart and valves. The medical team at our heart and vascular hospital in Waxahachie will use the transthoracic echocardiogram to measure your heart's strength (heart muscle contractility) and determine any valvular abnormalities.