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Michelle,
My doctor did not tell me to not take my atenolol before my echo. He told me if there were a problem the atenolol would not cover up the problem. Ask your doctor but I'm quite sure you won't need to. They usually have you not take it for stress tests only so you'll get your heart rate high enough which beta blockers can cause it to not get high enough for an accurate stress test. Just ask to be sure.

Take Care,
Tori
Tori,

"My doctor did not tell me to not take my atenolol before my echo. He told me if there were a problem the atenolol would not cover up the problem. Ask your doctor but I'm quite sure you won't need to."

Now doesn't that depend on where in a series of echocardiograms?. Is the test prior to medications or subsequent? And what are the expectations.

It is true without any beta blocker med there could be compensating tachycardia blocking or masking a valve disorder.

As an example a change in test results: Beta blocker and functional (due to dilation) mitral regurgitation. There can be some relief of MR with a reduction of preload (filling) when systole dysfunction is present by reducing LA and LV size with a beta blocker (coreg), etc. having the effect of reducing the severity of functional MR. Subsequent tests should include medications to have some visibility of condition with meds. That is a change I can attest. An EKG result can be false positive with medication.

In regard to heart rate, to take a heart patient off medication to increase heart rate for the heart rate without medication? Doesn't make sense. Usually the goal is to see the results of the medication subsequent to establishing a basline.