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Doctor insights on: Nuclear Stress Testing

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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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Do I need to have any more testing for blockages with a negative nuclear stress test? Or is this sufficient?

Do I need to have any more testing for blockages with a negative nuclear stress test? Or is this sufficient?

Cardiac stress test: A negative cardiac stress test can be reassuring. However, and depending on your personal and family medical history, and current symptoms, it's best to discuss the need for further testing with your doctor. ...Read more

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Coping with Nuclear or Radioactive Releases (Checklist)

Listen to instructions from the Emergency Broadcast Network
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if you must shelter in place, duct tape all outside doors, windows, and chimneys
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Have a week's worth of rations, water, and iodine pills if at high risk
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Have batteries, flashlight, transistor radio, and first-aid kit handy
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back in may i had a nuclear stress test results could not determine if the image was a breast artifact or something else and a PET scan was warranted .. in other testing he had done the same day ischemia was found .. when went for follow-up he said i did

 back in may i had a nuclear stress test results could not determine if the image was a breast artifact or something else and a PET scan was warranted .. in other testing he had done the same day ischemia was found .. when went for follow-up he said i did

SPECT vs. PET: On regular myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging, large breasts and large body habitus can cause attenuation artifacts. This is often avoided on cardiac PET where attenuation correction is used. If the breast shifts between stress and rest SPECT imaging, false positive for ischemia could occur. ...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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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress (Checklist)

As your stress or anxiety level is rising, stop what you're doing.
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Rate level of distress you're feeling from 0 (none) - 100 (overload)
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Ask yourself "What bad thing am I expecting to happen?"
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Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth
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Please tell me, could nuclear stress tests be false?

YES...: Nuclear stress tests can be false. The two main types of nuclear stress tests are cardiac pet and cardiac spect. Cardiac pet uses ct for attenuation correction which helps get rid of attenuation artifacts which can cause false results. Cardiac spect is often done without ct and therefore often has more artifacts. The radiotracer used (technetium vs. Thallium) also affects the image quality. ...Read more

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What is a nuclear stress test?

What is a nuclear stress test?

Nuclear stress test: The patient walks on a treadmill or other exercise device or has a medication injected to simulate exercise, when the exercise or medicine is in progress a radioactive agent is injected which goes into the heart and can be imaged to show the blood flow into the heart muscle. The information shows if enough blood gets into the heart muscle and other information. ...Read more

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Managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Checklist)

Find a therapist who specializes in PTSD
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Join a support group with others who are dealing with PTSD
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Consider EMDR as a form of treatment, discuss with a therapist
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Learn relaxation techniques to help when flashbacks occur
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What is the cost of a nuclear stress test?

What is the cost of a nuclear stress test?

Stress Test: The cost would depend upon where its being done, hospital or a physicians office.Usually its much lower in a physicians office. ...Read more