THE ROLE OF TISSUE DOPPLER IMAGING DURING DOBUTAMINE STRESS ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN DIFFERENTIATING ISCHEMIC FROM NON-ISCHEMIC CASES OF DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY
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Background: Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) has several potential advantages over currently used non-invasive techniques. It is inexpensive and provides an alternative in the patients who cannot perform leg or arm exercise. The equipment used is highly portable and thus studies can be performed in coronary care units.