Exercise Stress Echocardiogram (ESE)

What is it?

A non-invasive echocardiogram that is performed before and after exercise (walking and then running on the treadmill). It allows your cardiologist to assess how your heart functions in response to exercise stress. This investigation makes use of sound waves to produce moving images of your heart while it pumps blood around your body.

How it works

Before the test, the cardiac sonographer will spread gel and applies sticky patches (electrodes) on your chest wall. The sonographer will then apply a device (known as a transducer) on the gel, aiming an ultrasound beam against your heart at different angles in order to obtain a collective set of moving images of your heart produced by the computer. The moving images will be displayed on the monitor which you can see “live”.

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