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Doctor insights on: Myocardial Perfusion Scan With Pharmacological Stress

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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 you go through the airport scanners after the myocardial perfusion scan?

Could you go through the airport scanners after the myocardial perfusion scan?

Yes: Radiation used for myocaardial scan is low level ionizing radiation called isotope.Which decays with time, and detected by geiger or special gamma camera. Airport detectors are used to pick up metal objects. Low level xray scanners at airports also pick up metal hareware, sometimes plastic, calcium medications, again looking for foreign objects. ...Read more

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Could you have a myocardial perfusion scan if you suffer from myoclonic dystonia?

Probably not: In most clinics, you will need to stay still for 20 to 30 minutes while being scanned. If unable to do this, you may want to investigate other imaging tests such as stress echo or cardiac ct. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a myocardial perfusion scan done without a cardiologist?

Is it safe to have a myocardial perfusion scan done without a cardiologist?

Probably: At some hospitals, physicians assistants are who is actually present during the study. As these tests usually involve some type of stressing of the heart, it is important that whoever is supervising the test has the knowledge to make the decision that the patient is stable and that it is safe.. In most cases, a cardiologist has had some input in that decision even if not there for the test. ...Read more

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Perfusion (Definition)

Perfusion usually refers to blood flow into an ...Read more