If you can’t exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike for a stress test, your healthcare provider may suggest a dobutamine stress echocardiogram. During this test, a medication called dobutamine helps create a state of “stress” in your heart, similar to exercise. As your heart rate increases, your provider uses an echocardiogram to take images.
What is a dobutamine stress test?
Unlike an exercise stress test, you don’t use a treadmill or stationary bike to increase your heart rate. During a dobutamine stress test, you receive a medication called dobutamine, which stimulates your heart just like exercise does. This test allows healthcare providers to see how your heart works under the stress of physical activity.
A dobutamine stress test can show:
When is a dobutamine stress echocardiogram performed?
Who performs a dobutamine stress echo test?
How does a dobutamine stress echo test work?
Here’s what you can expect during your dobutamine stress echocardiogram: