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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nuclear stress test results came back normal. However, I'm still feeling symptoms. Am I just being dumb? Should I just be content w/the results?

Nuclear stress test results came back normal. However, I'm still feeling symptoms. Am I just being dumb? Should I just be content w/the results?

Not Dumb.: If the stress test test is negative, you still need to find why you are having symptoms. All you have done is found a reason you are not having them.

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Recently had a nuclear stress test and results stated possible small focus of ischemia of the mid anterior wall. Ejection fraction 59%?

Recently had a nuclear stress test and results stated possible small focus of ischemia of the mid anterior wall. Ejection fraction 59%?

Ejection fraction nl: An ejection fraction the 59% means that the pumping function of your heart is normal. A "possible small focus of ischemia of the mid-anterior wall" can mean that when you're exercising not enough blood flow gets through to a small area of your heart. Usually a test result like that will lead to a cardiac catheterization to see if there is a significant blockage of an artery to the heart muscle.

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Does poor r wave progressive and nonspecific st&t adnormal waves mean you had a heart attack. The findings were from a nuclear stress test.

Does poor r wave progressive and nonspecific st&t adnormal waves mean you had a heart attack. The findings were from a nuclear stress test.

Poor R wave: Poor r wave progression could be seen in old anterior myocardial infarction (old heart attack), in lead misplacement of precordial leads by inexperienced ekg technician, also can be seen pulmonary diseases, WPW syndrome, and dextrocardia. Dextrocardia is very rare. Wpw will be seen in much young age. If you have old heart attack you should see it in nuclear stress test.

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How reassured (typically that is) should one feel about the possibility of a heart attack after receiving a negative nuclear stress test result?

How reassured (typically that is) should one feel about the possibility of a heart attack after receiving a negative nuclear stress test result?

Not perfect: It is reassuring but not perfect. The nuclear study relies on differential distribution of blood flow and the dye. Most CAD show distribution in vessels unequally, therefore, the dye will be distributed unequally. If there is diffuse disease, the distribution could be equal and will miss the differential and will read as no disease. Talk to your md or cardiologist if in doubt of symptoms.

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Ct scan results dr said pictures weren't very good. Wants me to get an nuclear stress test. Would it be feasible to ask for another CT scan?

Ct scan results dr said pictures weren't very good. Wants me to get an nuclear stress test. Would it be feasible to ask for another CT scan?

Unadvised but possib: Getting another CT scan is 99% likely to give the same picture as the 1st, barring an obvious problem (like the machine broke down, which they would have informed you at the site). Not sure what the nuclear stress test (cardiac?) or the CT scan (brain?) was for, but at this point, another modality is more likely to provide information than repeating the same test. CT scans involve lots of radiatio

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Cardiac ct scan results dr said pictures weren't very good. Wants me to get a nuclear stress test. Would it be feasible to ask for another CT scan?

Cardiac ct scan results dr said pictures weren't very good. Wants me to get a nuclear stress test. Would it be feasible to ask for another CT scan?

Unadvised but possib: Getting another CT scan is 99% likely to give the same picture as the 1st, barring an obvious problem (like the machine broke down, which they would have informed you at the site). Another modality is more likely to provide information than repeating the same test. CT scans involve lots of radiation, & show calcium deposits & perhaps blood flow, but not if heart is affected. The Nuc stress will.

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What is a nuclear stress test?

What is a nuclear stress test?

Nuclear stress test: The patient walks on a treadmill or other exercise device or has a medication injected to simulate exercise, when the exercise or medicine is in progress a radioactive agent is injected which goes into the heart and can be imaged to show the blood flow into the heart muscle. The information shows if enough blood gets into the heart muscle and other information.

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What is the cost of a nuclear stress test?

What is the cost of a nuclear stress test?

Stress Test: The cost would depend upon where its being done, hospital or a physicians office. Usually its much lower in a physicians office.

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Can a nuclear stress test cause you problems?

Can a nuclear stress test cause you problems?

Typically not: The only "risk" would be during the stress part, when one runs on a treadmill or gets a drug alternative. However, there is little risk here because this is monitored with an ekg and supervised by a cardiologist/nuclear physician. One drug that is used for stress even has an agent that can reverse its side effects. In summary, under normal standard-of care-conditions, there should be little risk.

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What goes on when having a nuclear stress test?

What goes on when having a nuclear stress test?

Pictures: Generally take baseline pictures of blood flow in the heart - (lying around for 20 mins), then some sort of stress - exercise or medicine; then post-stress pictures pictures are looking at general blood flow - or lack thereof - which might indicate blockages in arteries.

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What exactly does it mean if you did badly on a nuclear stress test?

What exactly does it mean if you did badly on a nuclear stress test?

Nuclear test: It means the images on the test were not normal. You need to discuss with your doctor what the test implications are for you. It isn't so straightforward that one can know from out here.

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Do I need to have any more testing for blockages with a negative nuclear stress test? Or is this sufficient?

Do I need to have any more testing for blockages with a negative nuclear stress test? Or is this sufficient?

Cardiac stress test: A negative cardiac stress test can be reassuring. However, and depending on your personal and family medical history, and current symptoms, it's best to discuss the need for further testing with your doctor.

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My cardiology order a nuclear stress test can you explain what is this thanks?

My cardiology order a nuclear stress test can you explain what is this thanks?

Stress test: A nuclear stress test detects blood supply to the heart. A radioactive tracer is injected into the veins at peak exercise or with a vasodilator. The tracer is taken up by the heart cells and the uprake is proportional to blood flow. By comparing uptake at rest versus exercise we can determine if blood flow is compromised.

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What is the average cost of a cardiac nuclear stress test?

Varies: It varies depending on type of stress e.g. Treadmill or which pharmaceutical. It also varies by location if you do it in a doctor's office or clinic or hospital. Practices charge a wide range too. A wide range from 400s to 900s or higher for cash patients. What insurances pay and copays may be a lot different. Http://health. Costhelper. Com/stress-tests. Html.

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Will a nuclear stress test make me radioactive? I’m having a nuclear stress test, and I need to know if it’s safe for me to babysit my grandkids after it? Will I be radioactive? Could I be dangerous to the kids?

Will a nuclear stress test make me radioactive? I’m having a nuclear stress test, and I need to know if it’s safe for me to babysit my grandkids after it? Will I be radioactive? Could I be dangerous to the kids?

You: You will be sufficiently radioactive to set off alarms at airports, ferry terminals, and border crossings. The sensitivity of these devices is high on purpose. However, the amount of radiation a patient emits after a cardiac nuclear scan is not considered dangerous to others. Notice that the technologists who perform these tests do not wear lead or other radiation protection and they are around "radioactive" patients every day. For the sake of completeness, however, I will add that pregnant women should not undergo this test and anyone who thinks they might be pregnant should have a pregnancy test before having any kind of radionuclide scan.

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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