A procedure performed to evaluate blood flow to the heart using the medication called Dobutamine. Dobutamine is an intravenous medication used in patients who cannot walk on a treadmill. Your electrocardiogram (EKG) and blood pressure will be monitored before, during, and after the drug infusion. Images of your heart will also be taken before, several times throughout, and after the drug infusion using ultrasound. 

What to Expect 

This test will take about 1 hour which includes completing consent forms and providing a brief health history. This will also involve setting up for an EKG, starting an intravenous line (IV), infusing the Dobutamine, and obtaining the ultrasound images. Formal written results will be available to your physician within 24 hours.  Your doctor may also be contacted by telephone immediately afterwards for abnormal results.

What to Do 

You may eat lightly 2 hours before the test. Continue taking your medications as prescribed unless instructed otherwise by your physician.   Wear comfortable clothing that is easily removed above the waist.  If you have a written physician order bring that with you on the day of the test along with a list of your current medications.

After scheduling your appointment,you may pre-register by phone 2 days prior to the test by calling 847.492.6900. If you have not been pre-registered over the phone you should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment and report to the Registration Department.  You will be asked to provide billing and insurance information at that time.

This test is available at the following locations:

  • Evanston Hospital  
  • Glenbrook Hospital     
  • Highland Park Hospital  
  • Old Orchard Medical Office Building 
  • Vernon Hills Specialty Care Center

For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact us at any one of our locations and our staff will be happy to assist you.

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