This one of a series of test requested by my Bariatric Surgeon
An ECG (electrocardiogram) is a medical test that detects cardiac (heart) abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart.
The ECG involves connecting a number of electrodes to various parts of the chest (after first shaving selective areas), lying down and undertaking a series of breaths and breath holds (as instructed by the nurse) while they test heart activity.
A Stress Echo involves taking ECGs before and after “stressing” the heart – through exercise or drugs.
Ideally the patients heart would be “stressed” by exercising on a treadmill with increasing speed and inclination until the heart rate reaches a certain level. A Dobutamine Stress Echo is normally done for patients who are not very mobile – the heart rate is increased thorugh the injection of a drug (Dobutamine).
I was charged $150 for these procedures.