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Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. The test shows live moving images of your heart.
A technologist uses a gel to slide a microphone-like device over the chest area. No radiation is involved
in the heart ultrasound.
• There is no special preparation required for an echocardiogram
• You should plan on being at the lab for about 45-60 minutes
You will be exercising by walking on a treadmill. Your vitals and ECG will be monitored continuously.
For Stress Echo studies, ultrasound images will be taken before and after exercise.
• Please bring a list of all your current medications. Do not take the following medications
in the 24 hours prior to your test: Metoprolol, Diltiazem, Acebutolol, Atenolol and Bisoprolol,
unless advised otherwise by your referring doctor.
• On the day of the test, have a light meal before the test
clothes (shorts and T-shirt)
• You should plan on being at the lab for about 30-60 minutes (exercise part of the test usually
takes only 5-15 minutes).
Also known as an ambulatory ECG monitor, a Holter monitor records your heart rhythm for an entire
recording period. Wires from electrodes on your chest connect to a battery-operated recording device worn on
a belt or shoulder strap. While wearing the monitor, you may keep a diary of your activities and
symptoms, which will later be correlated with the ECG recordings. Please carry out all your activities as
usual except for bathing. Hook up takes 15-25 minutes.
A loop monitor is a patient-activated recording device which is used to record your ECG during symptoms
recorded data will be analyzed and correlated with documented symptoms. Hook up takes 15-25 minutes.
Ambulatory blood pressure monitor will measure and record your BP readings for 24 or 48 hours. The
recorder will take measurements of your blood pressure every twenty minutes during the day and every hour
during sleep. Hook up takes 15-25 minutes. Please carry out all your activities as usual except for bathing.
No preparation is required. However, avoid exercising just before the test.
You should plan on being at the lab for about 10-20 minutes.
Please bring or ask your referring physician to forward any relevant cardiac records or investigation reports.
• Please bring all your current medications at all visits (including follow up appointments).
St John’s Sideroad
372 Hollandview Trail, Suite 304
Lawrence Ave. West
Joe Dales Dr
960 Lawrence Ave. West, Suite 205
YORKDALE CARDIOLOGY AURORA CARDIOLOGY GEORGINA CARDIOLOGY
STRESS TEST AND STRESS ECHO
LOOP RECORDER / CARDIAC EVENT RECORDER
(not covered by OHIP)
AMBULATORY BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR (not covered by OHIP)