Transesophageal Atrial Pacing during Echocardiography Exams

Nonexercise stress transthoracic echocardiography: transesophageal atrial pacing versus dobutamine stress.

Lee CY, Pellikka PA, McCully RB, Mahoney DW, Seward JB. Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation. J Am Coll Cardiol 1999 Feb;33(2):506-11. OBJECTIVES: To compare transesophageal atrial pacing stress echocardiography with dobutamine stress echocardiography for feasibility, safety, duration, patient acceptance and concordance in inducing wall motion abnormalities. BACKGROUND: Transesophageal atrial pacing is an effective method of increasing heart rate and has been used in the assessment of coronary artery disease. METHODS: Both tests were performed in sequence on the same patients in random order. Transesophageal atrial pacing stress echocardiography began at a heart rate of 10 beats/min above the baseline value and was increased by 20 beats/min every two min until 85% of the age-predicted maximum heart rate or another end point was reached. Dobutamine echocardiography was performed using three-min stages and a maximum dose of 40 microg/kg per min. Atropine (total dose

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