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Tomorrow I'm getting a nuclear stress test w cardiolite. Worried about side effects and reaction to the thallium or whatever they use. Should I worry?

Tomorrow I'm getting a nuclear stress test w cardiolite. Worried about side effects and reaction to the thallium or whatever they use. Should I worry?

Isotopes quite safe: Dyes are not used during nuclear stress tests. Trace radioactive isotopes are but there are no significant reactions to these minute doses used considering the thousands of tests done around the globe daily unless one has a history of being allergic to the thallium or cardiolite. ...Read more

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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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What can you tell me about the cardiolite nuclear stress test?

What can you tell me about the cardiolite nuclear stress test?

Myocardial scan: A cardiac perfusion scan measures the amount of blood supplied to your heart muscle. Radiotracers such as thallium or technetium sestamibi (cardiolite) are injected intravenously and travel through blood to heart muscle.2 sets of images are made during rest and exercise and compared. Indications for this study include chest pain, previous heart attack, heart surgery and coronary artery disease ...Read more

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Why would you have an adenosine/cardiolite stress test done?

Why would you have an adenosine/cardiolite stress test done?

Ischemia evaluation.: Adenosine/cardiolite stress test is usually done to look for ischemia. Adenosine is a pharmacologic stress agent which is used often when patients cannot exercise on treadmill adequately. Cardiolite is the tracer used to image the heart. ...Read more

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Should right arm still be hurting & numb from dipyridamole cardiolite stress test done today. Completed at 3:30 pm?

Should right arm still be hurting & numb from dipyridamole cardiolite stress test done today. Completed at 3:30 pm?

Arm discomfort: No it should not be uncomfortable hours later; is the right arm the site of the iv? Did it bother you at the time of the stress test? I think you should have this looked at ASAP ...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

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Can anyone tell me about what to expect when I go to do my heart stress test and if there are any side effects of dipyridamole?

Can anyone tell me about what to expect when I go to do my heart stress test and if there are any side effects of dipyridamole?

Yes, there is.: Your physician should tell you or give you some literature on the test, what to expect, what it tests. Dipyridamole is a medication that helps prevent thrombus formation or clot in the vessels, and may be used during stress testing (rare side effects). Stress testing usually is being hooked up to monitor, walking on treadmill while being monitored and instructed. Nuclear stress is with injection. ...Read more

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I have had a ctscan. Hida scan and stress test all normal but still pain in middle chest.right side. Is ef 89 normal for hida scan?

I have had a ctscan. Hida scan and stress test all normal but still pain in middle chest.right side. Is ef 89 normal for hida scan?

Hyperkinetic gb: Most physicians in nuclear medicine and gastroenterology believe that increased ejection fraction of gall bladder is probably normal (above 35%). A well-known nuclear physician reported small group of patients with hyperkinetic gall bladder (above 80% ejection fraction) getting relief with removal of gb. More studies needed to convince most surgeons. ...Read more

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What causes a 5-second deep pain in the chest Between breasts on the left side of sternum? Moments later same pain on right side. Passed stress test.

What causes a 5-second deep pain in the chest Between breasts on the left side of sternum? Moments later same pain on right side. Passed stress test.

Costochondritis: Without an exam, I can only give general information, but costochondritis (irritaiton of the joints where the ribs join the sternum) is very common and has those symptoms. Would NOT think cardiac etiology at all likely. ...Read more

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Since February, I had cold feeling in center of chest. Today is center and left side. Had stress test w/echo, EKG, chest xrays all normal. What is it?

Since February, I had cold feeling in center of chest. Today is center and left side. Had stress test w/echo, EKG, chest xrays all normal. What is it?

Frozen ice!!!: Wish the answer was that simple... Docs can test to rule out major medical issues when there are atypical symptoms in a location. Suggest keeping journal of your symptoms — time and date of occurrence, duration, diet, activities etc surrounding the events that might help your doctor the next time you go for a check up ...Read more

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Why would I see the vein sticking out only on left side of neck? Normal EKG, stress test and echocardiogram in Feb.and normal u/s of carotids in April.

Why would I see the vein sticking out only on left side of neck? Normal EKG, stress test and echocardiogram in Feb.and normal u/s of carotids in April.

It can be: Normal to have asymmetry in size of the jugular veins. However, if this represents a change from your normal appearance, see your doctor, because it could be a sign of obstructed venous flow. This would be very unlikely if you have no other symptoms, however. ...Read more

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I keep having sharp pain right below my heart sometimes on the other side but mostly on the left, I had a stress test it was ok took blood it's ok?

I keep having sharp pain right below my heart sometimes on the other side but mostly on the left, I had a stress test it was ok took blood it's ok?

Discuss with ur doc: Hard to say. If it lasts for a few seconds only it is generally not worrisome. It is reassuring that your stress test is normal but these tests are good in about 85% of patients (65% if it is a plain tradmill stress test). Your doctor should decide if further testing is needed based upon your probability of having heart disease (type of pain, age, gender and other risk factors). ...Read more

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Stress test heart cath normal but my left side of my chest still in daily pain spacli when I wake up in morning I don't know what can it be seen doctors daily ?

Stress test heart cath normal but my left side of my chest still in daily pain spacli when I wake up in morning I don't know what can it be seen doctors daily
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Not your heart: Clearly this pain is not coming from your heart. Other possibilities for left sided chest pain might include: costochondritis, arthritis, rheumatism, chest wall pain, muscular pain; also: peptic ulcer disease, non-ulcer dyspepsia, gall bladder disease (atypical), splenic flexure syndrome, acid reflux disease, esophagitis; finally less likely causes are pleurisy, pleuritis, pneumonia, pericarditis. ...Read more

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What would cause what appears to be telangiectasias to form on the skin after having a cardiac PET scan/stress test? Is this a common side effect?

What would cause what appears to be telangiectasias to form on the skin after having a cardiac PET scan/stress test? Is this a common side effect?

Don't know - not awa: I'm not aware of any drug that causes telangiectasias other than alcohol. Alcohol will do it over time, and they can appear in clusters depending on the underlying conditions. Go see your doctor or use HealthTap Prime to get more information. ...Read more

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I have pain on the left side just below the ribs. Ekg and stress test were normal but I was diagnosed with a gallstone, can that cause the pain?

I have pain on the left side just below the ribs.  Ekg and stress test were normal but I was diagnosed with a gallstone, can that cause the pain?

Biliary colic : Gallstone attacks aka biliary colic is generally right sided, above the umbilicus, lasts 20 minutes or longer, associated with nausea and occasional vomiting. However, there are a small percentage of patients who experience the pain on the left side instead of the right. Fatty foods make it worse. Go for a surgery consult and bring a good friend. Gallstones can be dangerous to your overall health. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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