What is Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram?
Is the test safe?
As atropine may be given to increase the heart rate response during the test, patients with prostate problems or glaucoma (a condition with high pressure in the eyeball) should avoid atropine. Please inform the nurse or doctor if you have these conditions before the test.
As the test involves echocardiographic imaging using ultrasound waves, there is no risk of radiation exposure.
If you are not keen for this procedure, you will need to discuss with your doctor in your next clinic visit. Other form of stress tests may involve a radionuclide myocardial perfusion scan or a magnetic resonance stress imaging.
Can I undergo the test if I am not feeling well?
If you are feeling unwell because of fever, running nose or acute illness, you should not proceed with the procedure. Please call the NHCS Call Centre at +65 6704 2000 to reschedule the test.
How is the test done?
What can I expect after the procedure?
The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.
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