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What is a dobutamine stress echocardiogram?

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A dobutamine stress echocardiogram is another form of stress echocardiogram. However, instead of exercising to stress the heart, the stress is obtained by giving a drug that stimulates the heart and makes it "think" it is exercising. The test is used to evaluate your heart and valve function when you are unable to exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike. It is also used to determine how well your heart tolerates activity and your likelihood of having coronary artery disease, and evaluates the effectiveness of your cardiac treatment plan.

From: Heart Disease and the Echocardiogram WebMD Medical Reference

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

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 4, 2019

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

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 4, 2019

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