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A dobuamine stress echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart performed whilst the heart is exercised.
A dobuamine stress echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart performed whilst the heart is exercised. Ultrasound is a very high frequency sound that you cannot hear,but it can be emitted and detetected by special machines to give accurate pictures of the heart muscle, the heart chambers, and structures within the heart such as valves. The heart is exercised using the drug dobutamine which slowly increases the heart rate in a similar way to the natural increase in the heart rate that occurs during exercise. This allows the heart to be imaged at different stages of activity.
This test requires you to undress to the waist and use a gown if requested. Small sticky patches called electrodes will be put onto your arms and chest. These are connected to an ECG recording machine, which picks up the electrical signals that make your heart beat. A probe (which is a bit like a very thick blunt pen) and lubricating jelly (which feels a bit cold) is put on your chest so the probe makes good contact with the skin. The operator moves the probe around over the skin surface to get views of your heart from different angles. Sometimes pressure has to be applied which may cause you some slight discomfort in order to get good images.
You may eat and drink normally before and after the stress ECHO test.
Your test will be performed by a Cardiac Clinical Physiologist and the person performing the test may be male or female. All results are expertly reported on by our Consultant Cardiologist Dr Sultan.
You will not receive the results on the day of the test, but they will be available usually within a couple of working days. If you would like your GP or an NHS specialisit to receive a copy, this can also be arranged.