Dobutamine 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.

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What is an Dobutamine Echocardiogram:

A Dobutamine Echocardiogram is basically another form of a stress echocardiogram. The test is given to evaluate heart and valve functions when a patient is unable to exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike. The stress is then obtained by giving a drug that stimulates the same effect.

Like a stress echo, it is also used to determine how well a heart can tolerate activity and the likelihood of having coronary artery disease (blocked arteries), as well as evaluating the effectiveness of most cardiac treatment plans.

It is also sometimes referred to as an Adenosine/Sestamibi Stress Echocardiogram.

Getting an Dobutamine Echocardiogram:

Find out what the experience is like and what you should expect.

Before the Echocardiogram
During the Echocardiogram
After the Echocardiogram

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atrioventricular Ultrasounds of valve in two views

Above: Echocardiograms can measure the conditions of the heart such as the atrioventricular valve shown here.


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