Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram
An echocardiogram is a test used to assess the heart's function and structures using soundwaves. A Stress Echocardiogram is a test done to assess how well the heart works under stress. The stress portion of this test can be reached by either exercising on a treadmill or by using a medicine called Dobutamine.
A Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram (DSE) may be used if you are unable to exercise on a treadmill. Dobutamine is injected into an IV in your arm. The effects of Dobutamine cause the heart to beat faster and stronger. This medication allows the heart to mimic the effects of exercise.
Common reasons for ordering a DSE include:
There may be other reasons for your doctor to recommend a DSE.
Possible risks associated with a DSE include:
There may be other risks depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider before the test.
Certain factors or conditions may interfere with a DSE such as:
A DSE may be done on an outpatient basis or as part of your hospital stay. Steps may vary depending on your condition and your doctor's practices.
Generally, a DSE follows this process:
You may go back your usual diet and activities unless the cardiologist or your ordering doctor instructs you differently.
The results of your test will be ready for your ordering doctor to view within your electronic health record by the end of the day you had your test. You should follow up with your doctor to get the results.
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