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What happens during a dobutamine stress echocardiogram?

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A technician will place electrodes on your chest. The electrodes are attached to an electrocardiograph monitor.

An intravenous line (IV) will be inserted into a vein in your arm so the dobutamine medication can be delivered directly into your bloodstream.

At regular intervals, the lab personnel will ask how you are feeling. Tell them if you feel chest, arm, or jaw pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, dizziness or lightheadedness, or any other unusual symptoms.

The IV will be removed from your arm once all of the medication has entered your bloodstream.

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. The National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 25, 2020

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. The National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 25, 2020

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