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Risks Associated with a Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram
Possible risks associated with a dobutamine stress echocardiogram include, but are not limited to, the following:
Severely high blood pressure
Nausea and extreme fatigue
Heart attack (rare)
Certain factors or conditions may interfere with a dobutamine stress echocardiogram. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:
Sensitivities / allergies to latex or medications
Smoking or ingesting caffeine within three hours of the procedure
Beta-blocking medications which may make it difficult to increase the heart rate
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your physician due to risk of injury to the fetus from a dobutamine stress echo. If you are lactating, or breastfeeding, you should notify your physician.
There may be other risks depending upon your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician prior to the procedure.