This test uses echocardiography at rest and with the heart under stress to examine heart function.
Dr Steadman can perform stress echocardiography for private patents at Poole Hospital, the only cardiac centre in Dorset that can provide this service.
A stress echocardiogram involves performing an echocardiogram with the heart at rest and under stress. This is most commonly done before and after an exercise test, but if the patient is not able to exercise an infusion of a drug can be used to recreate the effects.
Sometimes, to improve the pictures from the echocardiogram, an additional infusion of echocardiographic contrast is also used.