For more than 40 years ago, the decrease in contractile function of the heart during acute ischemia/infarction has been demonstrated with two-dimensional echocardiography and it was around the 1980s that the impact of its use with pharmacological stress became clinically obvious. Stress echocardiography (SE), is an inexpensive, relatively simple procedure with high diagnostic accuracy, that may be performed either with exercise (treadmill or bicycle) or with pharmacological stress, predominantly dobutamine.
KeywordsEchocardiogram Stress testing Coronary artery disease Ventricular function
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