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Thallium dipyridamole stress test with the radioactive chemical given is it true that it is dangerous to be near babies and children after procedure?

Thallium dipyridamole stress test with the radioactive chemical given is it true that it is dangerous to be near babies and children after procedure?

No: The amount of thallium given during a stress test is between 20 and 30 times less than the level where you are releasing enough radiation to be of concern. The half life of thallium is short. To be extra careful i wouldn't be worried after 24 hrs at most. ...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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If stress test is boderline is this dangerous or a matter to worry about ??

Further followup: An abnormal stress test should be followed up by a cardiologist with further evaluation and investigation with possible further testing if warranted. ...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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Are there any dangers of getting a 'stress test' at the cardiologist?

Are there any dangers of getting a 'stress test' at the cardiologist?

All tests have risk: While a properly supervised stress test is very safe, the inherent risks of the population of people being tested mean that you will eventually run into problems occasionally. These problems can include arrhythmia, chest pain, heart attack and death. Fortunately these are all rare. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What BP levels could be dangerous and dissection my aorta? Short term? I got up to 190 in a stress test. Max HR were 196

What BP levels could be dangerous and dissection my aorta? Short term? I got up to 190 in a stress test. Max HR were 196

Normal: That's a normal BP for a stress test. Also, at 23, your maximum predicted HR is 197, so you were at 99% of your MPHR-that's good! There is no BP that will predictably cause an aortic dissection. If your aorta is severely dilated or you have Marfan's Syndrome, it can dissect with a normal BP. BP >240 systolic or >130 diastolic is generally considered to be elevated sufficiently to cause adverse sx. ...Read more

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I have pvcs when I am relaxing, exercising and even post exercise. I had a stress test(came out perfectly normal) but i still get pvcs? Dangerous?

I have pvcs when I am relaxing, exercising and even post exercise. I had a stress test(came out perfectly normal) but i still get pvcs? Dangerous?

Unlikely. Unstress!: In someone of your age it is unlikely to be of clinical importance. Often psychological stress may be a factor. Keep track of the frequency (pvc's per 5 minutes) and see if periods of anxiety, anger, fear, or depression correlate with higher frequency. Learn deep relaxation/meditative skills (see drmiller.Com), stay in good aerobic cardiorespiratory shape, and stop worrying. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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