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A dobutamine stress echocardiogram (DSE) is a test performed to evaluate your heart. The test involves an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of your heart, an electrocardiogram (ECG), and the use of a medication called dobutamine.
The DSE compares the performance of your heart at rest to the performance of your heart during exercise, or stress. This can be helpful in the diagnosis of cardiac disease in the early stages of development or to assess the progress of patients with known cardiac disease. Dobutamine is used to simulate your heart’s functioning during exercise and is often used when a patient cannot perform strenuous exercise or because the physician specifically ordered this test.
The physician will explain the test to you and answer any questions you may have. The physician will be present throughout the entire test. An intravenous (IV) line will be placed in your arm for the medication. Throughout the test, you will be closely monitored. The medication will be increased slowly until you reach a heart rate as if you were exercising.
If you have any questions, please call your physician.
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center
If you are a new patient, you may call the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center outpatient access office at 866-MGH-8910, or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment. A member of our access team will ask you more about your condition and symptoms, and match you with the best-fitting Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physician.
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