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   Posted 8/7/2013 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I am new here so let me start with what's going on.I had some chest pain a few days ago went to urgent care and they did a ekg that was normal and so was my blood pressure he told me to follow up with my doctor for a echostress test.So went to my doctor today and I am schedule fr the test tomorrow . I had blood work done and she said my good colestrol is great and my bad cholestrol is low she said my numbers are great and blood pressure is good.She also said she would bet her money that I do not have heart disease but I am so scared for this test because I can't walk on the treadmill because of a bad ankle so they have to give me the medicine I really am thinking of not going has any advice

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   Posted 8/7/2013 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother-in-law had the 'nuclear' stress test. It's not bad. Very simple and easy. Do it. You'll feel better once it confirms that you have not problems.
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   Posted 8/10/2013 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
How did the test go? I'm scheduled for one next week and equally scared.

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   Posted 8/10/2013 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to Everyone and Welcome,
A Stress Echocardiogram is a highly specialized test, and although it involves similar elements to an ordinary exercise test and an echocardiogram, it provides very specific information about the heart in a non-invasive way.

 A Stress Echo is made up of three parts: A resting Echo study, Stress test, and a repeat Echo while the heart is still beating fast.
A dobutamine stress echocardiogram is a diagnostic procedure that may be used  if exercise on a treadmill is not an option  due to a person’s medical or physical condition.  A doctor may use an intravenous medication called dobutamine because it  causes the heart to beat faster and will mimic the effects of exercise on the heart.
Generally, there is no special type of care following a dobutamine stress echocardiogram. However, your doctor may give you additional or alternate instructions after the procedure, depending on your particular situation.
Try your best to keep your anxiety down and know the appointment will take about one hour. The actual infusion time is usually about 15 minutes. You should plan to stay  for at least 30 minutes after completing the procedure to make sure all  is OK before being discharged.
bettyboop55, if your around we would love to know how you did with your test.
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