Are there any risks of stress echocardiography?
Consultant Cardiologist Navtej Chahal discusses any risks of stress echocardiography
Stress echocardiography is a very safe technique. It uses ultrasound, which doesn’t carry any radiation, and the stress procedure itself usually involves physiological, natural stress, for example, running on a treadmill.
In a minority of patients who are unable to perform the exercise on the treadmill, we would use a drug called Dobutamine which is a mild form of adrenaline and there is a small risk of that causing arrhythmia of the heart. We also inject contrast dye for patients undergoing either exercise or Dobutamine stress echocardiography and this also carries a very small risk of any reactions.
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