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Doctor insights on: Chemical Stress Test

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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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Could a 91 year old women have a chemical stress test?

Depends: Depends on what the co morbidities of the patient are and if she has a complicated cardiac history. She can have chemical stress test if she has positive risk factors and signs for cardiac disease. ...Read more

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I had a chemical stress test this afternoon. My heart is racing still and I am very flushed. Is that normal?

I had a chemical stress test this afternoon. My heart is racing still and I am very flushed. Is that normal?

Not usually: Chemical stress tests w Dobutamine can cause heart racing but the Dobutamine typically wears off quickly. Lexiscan or Adenosine usually slow the heart rate. Let your doctor know. Rarely an arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation can occur w a chemical stress test and persist after, w fast heart rate (irregular ) and possibly flushing. ...Read more

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Is developing inflamed joints, muscle weakness, and a skin rash after having a chemical stress test normal?

Is developing inflamed joints, muscle weakness, and a skin rash after having a chemical stress test normal?

No: This usually does not happen. There may have been an underlying issue that presented itself with the symptoms after the stress test. Seek the help of board-certified allergists to further evaluate this problem. ...Read more

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Caffeine ok while having a chemical cardiac stress test using dipyridamole, persantine?

Caffeine ok while having a chemical cardiac stress test using dipyridamole, persantine?

NO!!!!: Caffeine should not be ingested prior to pharmacologic cardiac stress since it can interfere with the results. Stopping caffeine ingestion for at least 24 hours prior to pharmacologic stress should be sufficient. If caffeine is ingested and pharmacologic stress is performed, this can cause false negative results. If you have taken caffeine, stress may be rescheduled or switched to dobutamine. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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