A Stress Echocardiogram is a test used to checkup the function of the heart at the time of any stress. The Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram is suggested when you are not able to exercise on a treadmill. The test is taking place by injecting a medication called Dobutamine while you are under close monitoring. This medication activities your heart in a similar way of exercise. It measures how your heart muscles are pumping blood at the time of exercise and after.
Why Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram Done?
Possible reasons for getting a dobutamine stress echocardiogram (DSE) may include:
1) To know about the chance of coronary artery diseases.
2) To determine the functioning of the heart at the time of stressful activities.
3) To access the heart function & structure.
4) To determine the status of the heart after any surgery.Side Effects of Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram?
The major risk of this test involves some coronary diseases. Heart attack may occur but the chance is very rare (1 in 10,000). Some minor risks associated with this includes,
1) Chest pain
2) High blood pressure
5) Irregular heartbeats
6) Headache, etc.Preparation For Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram
1) Do not eat or drink anything except water before a few hours of the test.
2) Avoid alcohol, smoking, etc.
3) Avoid beta-blocking medicines, diabetes medication.
4) Remove jewerly, glasses and other objects.
5) Empty your bladded before the test.
6) Tell the doctor if you have pregnant, or have a pacemaker.How Does It Works?
You will be asked to lie on a bed. The technician will place a gel on the chest and then place a transducer. Otherwise, electrodes will be placed on the chest that is connected to the echocardiogram monitor. This monitor will provide an accurate picture of the electrical activities of the heart.
An intravenous line will be placed into the vein through the arm. The Dobutamine medicine will enter into the bloodstream directly through the IV line. Once the correct amount of Dobutamine fluid reaches the heart, it will react and beat strongly. At that time, the transducer takes the images of the heart. If you feel any chest pain, joint pain, headache, breathing issues during the test, do not hesitate to say it to the doctor. After the continuous monitoring of 10 to 15 minutes, we can get the exact images of the heart.