Jefferson University Hospitals

Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

A dobutamine stress echocardiogram is designed for those who are unable to exercise on a treadmill or stationary cycle as required during a traditional stress echocardiogram. It is used to assess the overall function of your heart, symptoms of heart disease and/or how your heart is functioning after medical and/or surgical treatments.

During this test, a Jefferson physician will give you dobutamine, a special medication that stimulates your heart and makes it think that it is actually exercising.

Your physician will then use the results of this test to assess your heart health and recommend a personalized treatment plan or rehabilitation program if necessary.