Midland Cardio-Vascular Services
Private Service, Cardiology, Vascular Surgery
- Exercise echocardiography - a technique used to view how your heart works under stress. It compares how your heart works when stressed by exercise versus when it is at rest. The ultrasound is conducted before you exercise and immediately after you stop. Either a stationary bicycle or standard treadmill is used.
- Dobutamine stress echocardiography - if you’re unable to exercise for the above test, you might be given medication to simulate the effects of exercise. During this test, an echocardiogram initially is performed when you’re at rest. Then dobutamine is given to you via a needle into a vein in your arm. Its effect is to make your heart work harder and faster just like with exercise. After it has taken effect, the echocardiogram is repeated. The effect wears off very quickly.
Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE)
In transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE), the ultrasound transducer is guided through the mouth, down the throat and into the oesophagus. This allows very clear images of the heart to be obtained without the ribs or lungs getting in the way.