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How often can nuclear stress test be safely repeated, would doing two tests in 4 month be safe. Any radiations concerns. ?

How often can nuclear stress test be safely  repeated, would doing two tests in 4 month be safe. Any radiations concerns. ?

No sig danger: The amount of radiation is pretty minimal. If its indicated, it should be fine but why repeat it after only 4 months? ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Heart patient (3 90% blockages 1 stent) Has RIGHT arm pain and fatigue a few hrs into his day. Nuclear stress test showed right side vdark. Ideas?

Heart patient (3 90% blockages 1 stent) Has RIGHT arm pain and fatigue a few hrs into his day. Nuclear stress test showed right side vdark. Ideas?

Concerned: I am concerned by the story presented. I assume the dark right side of the heart is an area not well perfused with blood. Nonetheless the patient needs to see the cardiologist as solo as possible. Symptoms are worrisome . Best wishes ...Read more

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My husband going for nuclear stress test on Mon; his father had a reg stress test and was told all ok passed next day-should husband be worried?

My husband going for nuclear stress test on Mon; his father had a reg stress test and was told all ok passed next day-should husband be worried?

Not necessarily: A stress test is a good test, but it is not perfect. It can detect large coronary artery lesions which cause symptoms, but it is not proof against a heart attack. Even if his stress test is normal, if he should develop severe chest pain or difficulty breathing, go to the ER. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I worry a lot I have pvcs maybe 3 a day up to 6 had nuclear stress test ok had echo ok im 29 doc said they are symtmatic pvcs not to worry is he right?

I worry a lot I have pvcs maybe 3 a day up to 6 had nuclear stress test ok had echo ok im 29 doc said they are symtmatic pvcs not to worry is he right?

Yes,he is right: Asymptomatic PVCs specially yours that are infrequent in the absence of structural heart disease requires no treatment. You should not be on any restriction and you should live your life the way you want it -a healthy one I hope. ...Read more

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Frequent pvc's, ekg, echo, nuclear stress test and 30 day holter all norm. Having pvc's almost all day again. Doc wants 30 day holter again worried?

Frequent pvc's, ekg, echo, nuclear stress test and 30 day holter all norm. Having pvc's almost all day again. Doc wants 30 day holter again worried?

Arrhythmias: Sounds like there's been a pretty big work up already, but your doc is still worried. I'm assuming that lab work including thyroid tests are normal as well. PVC's are usually not dangerous but can be distressing. It may be time to try some medicine to see if they're easier to tolerate. You might also try to eliminate any stimulants, like caffeine and nicotine, and limit alcohol intake, as well. ...Read more

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back in may i had a nuclear stress test results could not determine if the image was a breast artifact or something else and a PET scan was warranted .. in other testing he had done the same day ischemia was found .. when went for follow-up he said i did

 back in may i had a nuclear stress test results could not determine if the image was a breast artifact or something else and a PET scan was warranted .. in other testing he had done the same day ischemia was found .. when went for follow-up he said i did

SPECT vs. PET: On regular myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging, large breasts and large body habitus can cause attenuation artifacts. This is often avoided on cardiac PET where attenuation correction is used. If the breast shifts between stress and rest SPECT imaging, false positive for ischemia could occur. ...Read more

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Had echocardiogram, nuclear stress test w cardiolite, EKG and 30 day holter. Does the echo and nuclear test rule out CAD or any potential blockages?

Had echocardiogram, nuclear stress test w cardiolite, EKG and 30 day holter. Does the echo and nuclear test rule out CAD or any potential blockages?

Tests: in your age group the tests you had suggest that you presently have no significant problems with coronary blood flow. You won't get a guarantee for the future but good diet, exercise along with no smoking and medical follow up will be prudent. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Stress Test (Definition)

A stress test is a cardiac test which can include walking on a treadmill and monitoring your heart while you are walking. They can also inject you with a nuclear material and do a more comprehensive scan on your heart to check for blockage. They can also do a chemical stress test which omits the need to ...Read more