What is the contraindications of echocardiography?

Some of the common contraindications to stress echocardiography include acute myocardial infarction within two days, severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, heart failure exacerbation, acute pericarditis, uncontrolled arrhythmias, hypertension (more than 200/110 mmHg), and unstable angina not stabilized medically.

How do you prepare for a dobutamine stress echo?

You will be asked to remove clothing from the waist up and will be given a gown to wear. You will be asked to empty your bladder before the test. An intravenous (IV) line will be started in your hand or arm before the test. It’s needed for injection of the dobutamine and to give you IV fluids, if needed.

How do you administer dobutamine for a stress test?

Perform standard ECG and blood pressure monitoring as with exercise stress testing. Dobutamine is infused at a rate of 5 mcg/kg/min for 3 minutes, followed by infusion of 10, 20, 30, and 40 mcg/kg/min each at 3 minutes until a target heart rate is achieved.

Is echocardiogram better than stress test?

A stress echo will show your doctor if there are blockages in the arteries of your heart. An echocardiogram helps your doctor see the structures and measure the function of your heart.

What is a relative contraindication?

Relative contraindication means that caution should be used when two drugs or procedures are used together. (It is acceptable to do so if the benefits outweigh the risk.) Absolute contraindication means that event or substance could cause a life-threatening situation.

What are the indications for echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram may be done for further evaluation of signs or symptoms that may suggest:

  • Atherosclerosis. A gradual clogging of the arteries by fatty materials and other substances in the blood stream.
  • Cardiomyopathy.
  • Congenital heart disease.
  • Heart failure.
  • Aneurysm.
  • Heart valve disease.
  • Cardiac tumor.
  • Pericarditis.

Is a dobutamine stress test safe?

The dobutamine (stress) test is very safe and widely used in patients with chest pain or patients with symptoms that limit their ability to exercise. A small number of patients may experience flushing of the face and / or minor palpitations, both of which go away very quickly once the test is stopped.

What are the risks of a dobutamine stress echocardiogram?

Possible risks associated with a dobutamine stress echocardiogram (DSE) include: Chest pain. Severely high blood pressure. Irregular heartbeats. Dizziness. Nausea. Extreme tiredness. Heart attack (rare)

How much dobutamine should I take for a stress test?

The lower doses of dobutamine can be prescribed at 2.5 to 5.0 mcg/kg/min, and the higher end of dobutamine doses can be 5.0 to 20.0 mcg/kg/min.[9]The dose for the stress echocardiogram and stress nuclear test is initiated at five mcg/kg/min and can be increased in intervals of 10 mcg/kg/min every 3 to 5 minutes until reaching the target heart rate.

What is the difference between Echo and dobutamine?

Dobutamine is put in a vein and causes the heart to beat faster. It mimics the effects of exercise on the heart. During an echo, a transducer (like a microphone) sends out ultrasonic sound waves at a frequency too high to be heard.

What are the contraindications for dobutamine?

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Dobutamine use is contraindicated in patients with a noted history of allergic reactions to either previous dobutamine use or any sulfite use.