Instructions and Information for Procedures / Tests  

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Procedure Name: Dobutamine Stress Testing

Department Responsible for performing Procedure:

Department Contact Information:
(770) 991-8295

Where to Report:
Please enter at the Outpatient Entrance (view map) and go to the Admissions desk (view map) two hours before your scheduled procedure. You will be directed to the Cardiology Department (view map) where your procedure will be done.

What to Bring:
- Physician Order
- Any forms from your physician relating to this visit
- Your insurance / Medicaid / Medicare card
- Driver's License / Photo Identification
- All of your medications OR a listing of all medications along with the dose, how often you take it, and the last time you took it
- A list of all of your allergies
- Please check with your insurance carrier for any authorization requirements.
- Any films or reports from relevant studies not performed at Southern Regional.

Patient Instructions:
- No food or drink after midnight the night before the procedure.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
- No Beta Blockers 24-48 hours prior to the test.
- Please read the Procedure Information for additional instructions and information.
- Please follow any other specific instructions given to you by your doctor.

Procedure Information:
The dobutamine stress test is done in two parts. Resting images are obtained first, and for this, a radioactive substance called a "tracer" is injected into a vein in your arm. After the resting images are obtained, then a second set of images are taken 30 minutes to an hour after you are injected with a medication to stress the heart. The medication used for this will be dobutamine. Dobutamine is a medication that is used in place of exercise. You will lie down on a narrow table for a set of pictures of your heart. A special camera will take these pictures of different areas of your heart. You may resume your normal diet and activities after the final set of scans. Since there may be is a long wait between scans, you may wish to bring a book to read or other items for a quiet activity to help pass the time.

**There is a 300 lb. weight limit for the nuclear imaging table however, patients up to 400 lb. can be accommodated. If the patient's weight exceeds 300 lb., call the nuclear department (770-991-8239) in advance so that arrangements can be made.

Additional Information:
The waiting area (view map) is located in the Cardiology Department for family members.

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