Advances in Exercise Echocardiography. Academic Article uri icon


  • In the current literature, pharmacologic stress techniques are the focus of interest and excitement regarding new technologies and new indications such as the diagnosis of viable myocardium. In contrast, exercise echocardiography has evolved less and is less amenable to the introduction of new technologies. This article reviews the indications for exercise echocardiography (especially in contrast to pharmacologic stress), its accuracy relative to other testing, and application to clinical decision making. Exercise echocardiography remains to be well accepted as a diagnostic and risk-assessment technique, and in some clinical situations it provides valuable data that are not available during pharmacologic stress testing.

publication date

  • November 1999