Skip to main content
  • Poster presentation
  • Open access
  • Published:

Safety and feasibility of high dose stress dobutamine mri very early after acute myocardial infarction


Dobutamine stress studies after acute ST or Non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI, NSTEMI, AMI) have prognostic implications for future cardiovascular events and therefore have an impact on the indicated therapy by identifying high-risk patients. Dobutamine side effects early after AMI have been extensively reported. Namely malignant arrhythmias are feared, since mostly the initiated beta blocker therapy was interrupted for stress studies to achieve the required sub-maximal heart rate increase.


To date, no data exists on the feasibility of dobutamine stress MRI (DSMR) in patients (pts.) very early after AMI with continued beta-blocker therapy. Therefore we sought to investigate the side effects and safety of DSMRI early after AMI.

Material and methods

144 pts. with a first uncomplicated AMI underwent DSMR (max. 40mg/kg bw/min plus atropine if needed) for detection of ischemia under continuous high dose beta blocker therapy. Studies were terminated after reaching sub-maximal heart rate (calculated by 200-age-10% beats-per-minute(bpm)) or typical chest-pain/dyspnoea/malignant arrhythmia. Stress-induced wall motion deterioration was considered as positive DSMR. DSMR was conducted in a 1.5T whole body MRI (Philips), vital parameters like heart rate, blood pressure and -saturation were monitored continuously.


We studied 63 STEMI and 81 NSTEMI (mean age 66±12, 15% female). 36pts. had a one-, 26pts. a two- and 79 pts. three-vessel disease with 127 stents implanted. Maximal Troponin T was 2.96±3.68ng/dl. NT-pro BNP was 2422±3838ng/l. Clinical reasons for DSMR were assessment of a) ischemia (126 pts.) and b) viability (18 pts). DSMR was conducted in 94% successfully. Sub-maximal heart rate was reached in approximately 85% of pts (from 64±12to115±21/bpm). 81% of pts. received the maximal 40-dobutamine dose pre-discharge (4.9±2.1days after AMI). 40% obtained additional atropine (max. 2mg) regardless whether STEMI or NSTEMI had occurred. During DSMR 18 pts. reported chest pain, 8 pts had dyspnoea. In 16 pts. DSMR detected new wall motion abnormalities suspicious of myocardial ischemia.


After AMI conduction of DSMR was safe and well tolerated by all pts. Potentially due to the continued beta-blocker therapy, no malignant arrhythmias occurred although 85% of pts. reached the required sub-maximal heart rate. Since stress studies after AMI have prognostic implications for future cardiovascular events and are therefore clinically necessary, high dose DSMR can be conducted safely under beta-blocker therapy.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Mamone, M., Lehrke, S., Lossnitzer, D. et al. Safety and feasibility of high dose stress dobutamine mri very early after acute myocardial infarction. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 13 (Suppl 1), P88 (2011).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI: