Dobutaimine Stress Echo
If a patient is unable to walk or if viability of heart muscle (after a heart attack) wishes to be determined, this procedure uses the increasing administration of Dobutaimine to mimic the effect of exercise.
It is very similar to Adrenaline which is what the body normally produces during exercise to stimulate the heart. The drug is very short acting and side effects are quite rare and mild.
These tests are non-invasive but involve a needle to administer fluids for the procedure. The patient is normally required to fast three hours prior as a precautionary measure.