Stress Echo - Frequently Asked Questions

How should I prepare for the Stress Echo?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for exercise. Please eat only a light meal before your test, keeping in mind you will be exercising.

*If you are taking any of the following medications, they must be held for 2 days prior to the test unless otherwise specified by your physician:

  • Acebutolol
  • Atenolol
  • Betapace
  • Betaxolol
  • Bisoprolol
  • Blocadren
  • Brevibloc
  • Bystolic
  • Cardizem
  • Coreg (Carvedilol)
  • Corgard
  • Diltiazem
  • Dutoprol
  • Esmolol
  • Inderal
  • Innopran
  • Kerlone
  • Labetalol
  • Levatol
  • Metroprolol
  • Nadalol
  • Pindolol
  • Penbutolol
  • Propanolol
  • Sectral
  • Sotalol
  • Tenormin
  • Tenoretic
  • Timolol
  • Toprol
  • Trandate
  • Verapamil
  • Visken
  • Ziac
  • Zebeta

*Failure to hold these medications will result in rescheduling of your procedure. If you have any questions regarding your medications, please call for clarification.

What should I bring with me to the Stress Echocardiogram?

  • Inhalers, if you use them
  • Medications in original bottles
  • Insurance card
  • Referral for stress echo test, if required by your insurance company
  • Previous echocardiogram report if from outside facility

Once your appointment has been scheduled, it is very important that you keep that appointment. If you are unable to keep the appointment, please give the office at least 24 hours notice that you are canceling your test. Our busy schedule requires tight scheduling restrictions, and it would be appreciated if you would notify our office if you will be late for your appointment. Thank you for your cooperation.

Who will give me the test results? 

If your test was ordered by a provider who is not an Upstate Cardiology physician, you will receive your test results from the provider who ordered your test. If there is a critical finding on your test, Upstate Cardiology will notify you within 24 hours of your test and will also make sure the ordering provider is aware. Otherwise, if you have not heard from your provider and it has been two weeks since your test, we recommend that you call the provider who ordered the test to seek results.

If an Upstate Cardiology physician ordered your test, you will receive and review your test results with your cardiologist at a follow up visit for that purpose, unless your cardiologist indicated that he or she will call you with your results. If your diagnostic test reveals a critical finding, we will call you within 24 hours of your test to expedite your care and follow-up. If you've not heard from or seen us within 2 weeks of your test, please call 864-235-7665.