Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram at UnityPoint Health - Methodist

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2535 E. Washington St.
East Peoria, Illinois 61611

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Proctor First Care - Morton

621 W. Jackson Avenue
Morton, Illinois 61550

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Proctor First Care - Peoria Heights

1120 E. War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express

8914 N. Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61604

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209 N. Cummings Lane
Washington, Illinois 61571

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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.