What to expect before, during and after an MRI scan
If you’ve never experienced a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan before, you might be anxious about what to expect.
It is possible that some people with heart conditions can have no symptoms unless they are physically active. An echo stress test helps a doctor fully understand the condition of your heart and how it operates, both under resting conditions and under stress. Like other cardiac stress tests, an echo stress test will determine:
You will be asked to remove clothing above your waist. Small patches will be placed on your chest, which record your heart rate. A technician uses an ultrasound probe to take pictures while your heart is at rest. The technician will also take the same pictures immediately after reaching your peak exercise level. An exercise physiologist will continue monitoring your heart rate and electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) for about 10 minutes.
If you’re unable to exercise, you’ll be given a similar test using a medicine called dobutamine, which simulates exercise by making your heart beat faster.
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