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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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.

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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

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is persantine stress test done for?

What is persantine stress test done for?

Test for blockages: Persantine is used to augment changes seen in stress testing when coronary arteries have a blockage that limits flow.

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What is the risk of the thallium for persantine stress test?

What is the risk of the thallium for persantine stress test?

None: Thallium provides no risk to any human as it is non-toxic and is eliminated from the body within a few hours after the test is completed. It is simply a tracer chemical for blood flow.

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What is the persantine sestamibi stress test?

What is the persantine sestamibi stress test?

See below.: This is a chemical stress test of blood flow to the heart muscle. It is used to evaluate patients who are unable to exercise. Pictures of blood flow are obtained before and after the stress. Post stress abnormalities may indicate narrowings of the coronary arteries which impede blood flow and may be a cause of chest pain. Abnormalities of flow before stress may indicate previous damage.

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How is a persantine sestamibi stress test performed?

How is a persantine sestamibi stress test performed?

Pharmacologic stress: Often we use other agents but Persantine is injected and the patient is either imaged soon after or after a little exercise, after the Persantine administration, sestamibi is injected to allow the imaging.

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What is the risk of the thallium injected during a persantine stress test?

What is the risk of the thallium injected during a persantine stress test?

Thallium: Thallium poisoning is extemely rare. Radioactive thallium used in the test is thallium 201 and is used in a small dose that dissipates with about a 69 to 73 hr halftime. The radiation is generally no problem unless it is additive in a person who has had lot of radiation exposure.

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Myocardial perfusion pet stress test with persantine had caffiene within 24 hours of test?

No need to worry: You didn't mention whether the test was positive. Even then caffeine induced heart rate increase should not cause any problems. Hope you don't smoke.

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My cardiologist ordered a myocardial perfusion pet stress test with persantine, so what is it?

My cardiologist ordered a myocardial perfusion pet stress test with persantine, so what is it?

Stress test: This is a chemical stress test. You will be given a medication and then pet scan of your heart will be done to evaluate the blood flow in different parts of the heart. If there is any significant blockage, it will show up as a defect in the images.

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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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I had an echo and Stress test was normal echo showed mild mitral and triscupid regurgitation, normal LV size and R/S occasional PAC's. Is this normal?

I had an echo and Stress test was normal echo showed mild mitral and triscupid regurgitation, normal LV size and R/S occasional PAC's. Is this normal?

Question? Consult!: These little boxes are not good for answering specific patient case problems. Consider a cardiology consultation here on HealthTap. The kind of consult where you ask for help within the next 24 hours works particularly well for a complex case because it enables emailing back and forth with the details.

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


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Dipyridamole (Definition)

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