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Why Is a Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram Performed?
Possible reasons to perform a dobutamine stress echocardiogram may include, but are not limited to, the following:
To assess the heart's function and structures
To determine limits for safe exercise in patients who are entering a cardiac rehabilitation program and/or those who are recovering from a cardiac event, such as a heart attack (myocardial infarction, or MI) or heart surgery
To evaluate blood pressure during stress testing
To assess stress or exercise tolerance in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease
To evaluate the cardiac status of a patient about to undergo surgery
Your physician may have other reasons to recommend a dobutamine stress echocardiogram.
What can I expect for my dobutamine stress echocardiogram?
Before, during, and after your dobutamine stress echocardiogram, a standard set of procedures is followed.