What is the role of dobutamine stress echocardiography in perioperative cardiac management?

Updated: Feb 06, 2020
  • Author: Davinder Jassal, MD; Chief Editor: William A Schwer, MD  more...
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Dobutamine is a beta-receptor agonist that increases both heart rate and contractility. In combination with echocardiography, regional wall abnormalities and, thus, ischemia may be assessed. The negative and positive likelihood ratios of dobutamine stress echocardiography for detecting coronary artery disease are 0 and 4.5, respectively. Of note, avoid dobutamine stress echocardiography testing in patients with a history of ventricular tachyarrhythmia (see image below).

Perioperative cardiac management. The transthoraci Perioperative cardiac management. The transthoracic echocardiogram illustrates a parasternal long axis view of the left ventricle with preserved cardiac function.

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