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How Does Caffeine Affect The Results Of Thallium Myocardial Perfusion Scan
False-negative: Caffeine can interfere with vasodilator pharmacologic stress testing, so your thallium myocardial perfusion scan might be normal even though you have cardiac perfusion problems. Best to hold caffeine for 48 hours prior to the test. You don't always know ahead of time whether an exercise stress test will work, so it is recommended that everyone hold caffeine for a couple of days prior to the study. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Well...: Since you had a cardiac nuclear scan, I assume your doctors were looking for coronary artery disease. You seem to be a smoker, which makes artery disease worse. So smoking is not a good thing for you, and you should try to stop. Having said that, you are probably not in any more immediate risk for heart problem for smoking after the nuclear exam. Long term risks are greater with smoking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cancer risk: It is important to remember that tests commonly done, such as myocardial perfusion scans, ct scans, and plain xrays, expose you to radiation. It adds up. There is an increased incidence of cancer many years later. We cannot practice medicine without those tests but they should only be performed when absolutely necessary. You should question the need for tests involving radiation exposure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Radiation...: Depending on what radiotracer is used, you will be exposed to a small amount of radiation but the benefits of the test should outweigh the risks. Are you having pharmacologic or exercise test? Some of the pharmacologic agents can cause some side effects such as bronchoconstriction but a medication called aminophylline can usually be administered to reverse the side effects. ...Read more
Iv just had a stress myocardial perfusion scan to see if blood is pumping around my heart properly, are there any side affects after having this?
Cardiac Exam: Myocardial perfusion imaging looks at blood flow to the left ventricle. This is primarily accomplished using nuclear techniques such as pet or spect using radiotracers such as tl-201, tc-99m, or n-13 ammonia. When it is done with exercise, the myocardial perfusion scan shows blood flow during exercise, and usually compares that to perfusion at rest in order to evaluate for inducible ischemia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nuclear stress test: This is a specialized form of stress test used to confirm the presence of coronary artery disease in patients suspected of having this problem. It uses a low-level nuclear tracer to assess blood flow to the heart muscle before and after exercise-induced stress. In patients who cannot exercise, other pharmacologic means can be used such as adenosine, lexiscan, persantine, or dobutamine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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