Stress echocardiography is a test that uses ultrasound imaging to show how well your heart muscle is working to pump blood to your body. It is mainly used to detect a decrease in blood flow to the heart from narrowing coronary arteries.
Stress Echocardiogram (Exercise)
A stress echocardiogram (or "stress echo") is a diagnostic test usually used to assess for coronary artery disease but can also be used in assessment of valvular heart disease.
Dobutamine Stress Echo (DSE)
A dobutamine stress echocardiogram is a diagnostic procedure that may be used when a doctor wants to assess the heart muscle under stress. If exercise on a treadmill is not an option (too much stress on the heart) due to a person’s medical condition, a doctor may use an intravenous medication called dobutamine. Dobutamine causes the heart to beat faster and will mimic the effects of exercise on the heart.