Stress echocardiography is a test that uses ultrasound imaging to determine how the heart muscles respond to stress. It is mainly used to diagnose and evaluate coronary artery disease.

Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

How the Test is Performed

dobutamine-stress-echocardiogram-1A stress echocardiogram includes the following steps:

  • A resting echocardiogram will be done first.
  • You will exercise or be given medicine until you reach the target heart rate. This helps reveal how your heart works when you are active.
  • Your blood pressure and heart rhythm (ECG) will be monitored throughout the procedure.
  • Ultrasound images will be recorded during the procedure.
  • Another echocardiogram is taken immediately after your target heart rate has been reached.
  • The ultrasound images will reveal any parts of the heart that may not be receiving enough blood or oxygen because of blocked arteries.

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