WHAT IS A DOBUTAMINE STRESS ECHOCARDIOGRAM?

 

The dobutamine stress echo test involves the injection of a medication called dobutamine while you are closely monitored. The medication stimulates your heart in a similar way as exercise.

 

Important: If you have a pacemaker/defibrillator, it must be checked before

your dobutamine stress echo test. Please call your physician.

 

The test is used to evaluate your heart and valve function when you are unable to exercise on a treadmill or stationary cycle. The test is used to:

 

determine how well your heart tolerates activity

 

determine your likelihood of having coronary artery disease

 

evaluate the effectiveness of your cardiac treatment plan

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