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.
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.
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Above: Echocardiograms can measure the conditions of the heart such as the atrioventricular valve shown here.
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Adenosine/Sestamibi Stress Echocardiogram • Dobutamine Echocardiogram • Doppler Echocardiogram • Intravascular Ultrasound • Stress Echocardiogram • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) • Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE)
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