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I am going for a dobutamine stress echo cardiogram? What should I expect?

I am going for a dobutamine stress echo cardiogram? What should I expect?

Heart test: A cardiac sonographer will place electrodes on ur chest attached 2 an EKG monitor that charts ur heart’s electrical activity. They will perform a resting ekg, measure your resting heart rate & take your blood pressure. A dr or nurse will give the Dobutamine into ur IV while the they continue 2 obtain echo images. It will cause your heart to react as if you were exercising, your heart will go fast. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What's the difference between a lexiscan stress test & a stress echo dobutamine test? I have had the lexiscan before.

Nuclear/ Echo stress: Lexiscan stress generally performed with nuclear isotope, which shows blood circulation(perfusion), comparing with medication lexiscan(stressing heart) and at rest. Dobutamine echo we are looking at wallmotion of heart with medication dobutamine( stressing heart )and at rest to see they show any differences to detect blockages ...Read more

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Is it possible for stress echo cardiogram on treadmill to cause a lower back strain, sprain, or injury?

Is it possible for stress echo cardiogram on treadmill to cause a lower back strain, sprain, or injury?

Back strain: Running on a treadmill is a typical form of cardiac stress testing. If you were unlucky enough to strain your back, perhaps the amount of your walking and exercise didn't adequately prepare you for running on a treadmill. But given the brief duration of actual exercise on the treadmill i suspect you may have been pretty sedentary? ...Read more

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What is "dobutamine, stress echocardiography criteria"?

A screening test: Stress tests are largely done to identify patients at risk for heart attacks. For patients who cannot exercise due to arthritis or other reasons, Dobutamine is a drug that will mimic exercise, and allow a stress test to be done. It is not as good as exercise, but it is a reasonable alternative if exercise is not possible. ...Read more

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Could a full heart check up, stress test, and and echo-cardiogram tell if you had angina?

Is it angina?: Angina, or pain from lack of blood flow to the heart, can frequently be strongly suspected from the discussion between you and your doctor. In some cases a stress test or heart catheterization is needed. ...Read more

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How does a stress echo go?

How does a stress echo go?

STRESS ECHO: Echocardiogram is an ultrasoung exam of your heart, which detects the anatomy and functioning of your heart.Stress echo is same test done after exercise on a treadmill or on bicycle, if you can not do exercise they inject Dobutamine iv, all these to increse your heart rate to meximum, and see any part of your heart muscle is not getting enough blood supply or oxygen as heart rate increses. ...Read more

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What is a stress echo?

What is a stress echo?

Ultrasound: This is an ultrasound examination that evaluates heart motion and heart valve motion during rest and exercise. It is one of several ways to evaluate the condition of the heart. ...Read more

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I am 25 and i had a stress echo today. Is it normal for my BP to go to 170 over 70 while i hit 185 bpm? Resting BP is 120 over 80 give or take

I am 25 and i had a stress echo today. Is it normal for my BP to go to 170 over 70 while i hit 185 bpm?  Resting BP is 120 over 80 give or take

Yes : Your blood pressure should rise with exercise. That BPM is over 95% of maximum heart rate for age. So your stress echo should have a high degree of sensitivity for picking up mitral valve prolapse. !70 is a tad high, but the 70 was very good. Most likely they had to really increase the incline to get the rate up that high. Increase in incline increases the systolic component. ...Read more

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What does pvc:2; psvc:5 mean on a stress echo report?

What does pvc:2; psvc:5 mean on a stress echo report?

Early beats?: Acronyms are not always standardized on echo reports. However PVC and psvc may stand for premature ventricular (bottom heart chamber) and supraventricular (top heart chamber) contractions; respectively. You may have had 2 and 5 of each, during the echocardiogram recording. Commenting on the significance of this requires more information. See cardiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more


Dr. Chad Levitt
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Echo (Definition)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen ...Read more