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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. ...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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Can a EKG and an echo and a nuclear stress test properly diagnose heart problems?

Can a EKG and an echo and a nuclear stress test properly diagnose heart problems?

Many but not all: The combination that you describe can diagnose many heart issues, but you may need further tests depending on the concerns. An evaluation of longer term heart rhythms can be done with either a Holter monitor or an Event monitor, Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, tilt table testing, etc may be indicated depending on your symptoms. Touch base with your MD for further information ...Read more

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What are causes of shortness of breath? I have had a nuclear stress test. An echo gram test? My heart center tests reveal all test are acceptable.

What are causes of shortness of breath?
I have had   a nuclear stress test. An echo gram test? 
My heart center tests reveal all test are acceptable.

Sleep apnea: Another possibility is sleep apnea, and increasingly frequently recognized problem with breathing while you are asleep. Talk to your doctor to see if you might be at risk. Common symptoms include snoring, shortness of breath, feeling tired, needing naps and waking with a headache. ...Read more

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What would cause false-positive ECGS durin nuclear stress test?Possible inferior infarct age unknown. echo b4 was fine,ECGS b4&after fine too. worried

What would cause false-positive ECGS durin nuclear stress test?Possible inferior infarct age unknown. echo b4 was fine,ECGS b4&after fine too. worried

Situational strain: It is mostly unknown still as to what the cause of false positive changes seen on the ECG in stress testing is from but we do see it more in females and may be in some people related to situational strain on the small heart blood vessels. ...Read more

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Doc said he heard light heart mumer do have flu bad chest congestion no fever he said prob cause im sick had nuclear stress test 6 monthd ago normal?

Doc said he heard light heart mumer do have flu bad chest congestion no fever he said prob cause im sick had nuclear stress test 6 monthd ago normal?

Benign Murmur: Likely to be a benign murmur... These are murmurs produced by blood flow across the valves when the valves are normal. It can happen during growth (younger days of life - such as teen age years) or pregnancy and other illness (flu, anemia etc.,) have a follow up in a few months to see if the murmur is changing in intensity. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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