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Is a thallium stress test optional or mandatory before getting a stent in your heart?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 35 years experience
Depends on symptoms: Acute coronary syndromes, complete w chest pain, ECG changes, and biomarker elevation are an indication for catheterization and possible stent implantation without additional testing. Short of acute symptoms, noninvasive testing (such as myocardial perfusion imaging, or stress echocardiography) help define a clinical need to assess for a physiologically significant coronary obstruction.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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