Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram
Why did my doctor prescribe this test?
The Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram test is designed for patients who require a traditional stress echo test but who are unable to complete the exercise portion of the test. The test allows doctors to detect decreased blood flow to the heart and other heart abnormalities.
How does the test work?
This test combines an echocardiogram with use of a medication called Dobutamine. The Dobutamine takes the place of the exercise portion of a traditional stress echo test.
Dobutamine is fed slowly into the patient's vein, causing the heart to pump faster and harder. Echocardiograms are taken before the patient is given Dobutamine, during, and after. The doctor compares the pictures to look for abnormalities of heart muscle function.
Questions about this procedure?
Contact your physician or the Methodist Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute.