How is it performed?

During this test, you will be given Dobutamine through an intravenous cannula (as an infusion). This is a special medication that will stimulate your heart to beat faster (as if you were actually exercising).

You will be connected to an ECG machine and the sonographer will take images of your heart at rest and periodically after the medication has been administered.

Once you have reached your target heart rate or the maximum amount of the Dobutamine, the medicine will be stopped.

Will I feel safe?

You may feel shaky, warm or flushed and notice your heart beating fast while the medication is being injected.
Your cardiologist will be present throughout the test and your blood pressure, heart rate and symptoms will be constantly monitored.
These feelings will stop almost as soon as the medication is ceased.

How long will it take?

Approximately 30 mins

Is there any preparation required?

You are required to fast from food and drink for 3 hours prior to the test.

You will need to remove your upper clothing so that electrodes can be attached to your chest, arms and legs. Wearing a separate top with trousers or a skirt can allow easy access to the chest.

Chest hair may need to be shaved to allow the electrodes to adhere to the skin and can be performed on the day if needed.

When will I know the results?

The cardiologist will provide you with the results at the end of the test and the report will be sent to your referring doctor.

Please bring the following to your appointment

  • Medicare card
  • Any concession or health insurance cards
  • A current referral from your GP or specialist (if not already provided)

Fees apply and full payment is expected on the day of the test.