dobutamine stress echocardiography

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Clinical significance



resting image stress image interpretation
normal normal no ischemia
normal wall motion defect stress-induced ischemia
wall motion defect wall motion defect myocardial infarct
normal LV dilation *

* small or no focal ischemia, possible diffuse ischemia, possible multivessel CAD

* dobutamine-induced left ventricular dysfunction & or evidence of ischemia are independent predictors of cardiac mortality

* ECG ST segment & T-wave changes with dobutamine infusion may indicate ischemia

  • they do NOT add to test accuracy (except for risk stratification)


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