Stress Echocardiography

This is a specialized ECHO scan of the heart which looks at the function of the pump when it is exercising. We use a drug called dobutamine to increase the heart rate and contraction.  We can then compare the pumping function at rest with exercise to see whether there is any lack of blood flow to the heart caused by narrowed arteries.  This test takes between 30 mins and an hour and involves the placement of a small cannula (needle) in the arm or hand.


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