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What are nursing interventions after a myocardial perfusion scan?

What are nursing interventions after a myocardial perfusion scan?

Minimal: 1. Encourage good hydration to encourage washout of the tracer from the kidneys. Be careful against over-hydration in cardiac patients. 2. Rest — usually the patient will have undergone an exercise or pharmacologic stress test, and will be tired. 3. As in any cardiac patient, close monitoring is recommended. ...Read more

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


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What is the function of a vent perfusion scan?

What is the function of a vent perfusion scan?

Dx Pulmonary Embolus: A ventillation perfusion lung scan is a nuclear test used to diagnose a blood clot to the lung or pulmonary embolus. Medication is injected into your vein and you also breath a medication into the lung to look for a mismatch on a nuclear imaging camera which would suggest a pulmonary embolus. ...Read more

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To find out what diffuse reversible ischaemic in the apex means on my perfusion scan?

To find out what diffuse reversible ischaemic in the apex means on my perfusion scan?

Demand not met: It means that there are areas of the heart that likely do not get enought blood when exercise. The demand for oxygen in the cardiac muscle are higher than what it is provided to them ...Read more

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Any medical complications? Can perfusion scan cause coughing?

Shouldn't: A myocardial perfusion scan shouldn't cause a cough. Perhaps a mild allergy is present but this is extremely rare. A ventilation-perfusion scan may cause a cough primarily due to the ventilation scan component. People who get these tests often have underlying medical problems associated with cough, and that would be the primary reason for the cough, not the scan. ...Read more

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How is a cardiac perfusion scan used?

How is a cardiac perfusion scan used?

Find Bockages: Myocardial perfusion imaging is typically combined with exercise. This test is used to diagnose coronary artery disease in patients with typical symptoms or patients with high risk for coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What is a ventilation-perfusion scan?

What is a ventilation-perfusion scan?

Radiological test: A ventilation-perfusion (v/q) scan is a specialized radiological lung test comparing mismatches between any part of your lung that still exchanges oxygen (affected in COPD e.g.) and any part that is not receiving blood flow. This is done through radio-tracers. A mismatch means there is a clot in that part of the lung hindering blood flow. Diseases & surgery of the lung complicate interpretation. ...Read more

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What could cause difficulties with a cardiac perfusion scan?

Movement: Am unclear as to your question, but if I understand right, then moving during the scan would cause problems. Not removing a bra containing wires could cause problems. Severe claustrophobia can also cause problems. ...Read more

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What person needs a lung ventilation/perfusion scan?

What person needs a lung ventilation/perfusion scan?

: Folks with a suspicion for blood clot in the lung. This may be due to spells of breathlessness or chest pain or both. More common if there is blood clots in the leg (phlebitis). ...Read more

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What is the purpose of a myocardial perfusion scan?

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 more

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What is the function of a myocardial perfusion scan?

What is the function of a myocardial perfusion scan?

Blood flow to heart: It shows blood flow to the heart. It can show old scar of a heart attack or heart muscle that is not getting enough blood, which could mean a future heart attack. ...Read more

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Can I eat food before having myocardial perfusion scan?

Can I eat food before having myocardial perfusion scan?

No: No because the blood flow to stomach increased and it makes the image less accurate. ...Read more

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Can you get results of your myocardial perfusion scan the same day?

Can you get results of your myocardial perfusion scan the same day?

Sometimes: It is possible but more often you will get your results the next business day. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: myocardial perfusion scan with exercise?

What is the definition or description of: myocardial perfusion scan with exercise?

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 more

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Why would someone be scanned both front side and back during the myocardial perfusion scan?

Why would someone be scanned both front side and back during the myocardial perfusion scan?

Complete imaging: The heart is a 3 dimensional structure and the images are 2 dimensional. To completely visualize the entire heart, you need more than one view. Hard to fully describe the moon without flying around to the back side. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects after having a myocardial perfusion scan if so can you tell me please?

Are there any side effects after having a myocardial perfusion scan if so can you tell me please?

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 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

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What is a pulmonary perfusion scan used for?

Blood clots : A blood clot that floats into the lung interferes with blood flow to that segment. A lung perfusion scan with will show a hole (no blood flow) behind the clot. ...Read more

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Why would a pulmonary ventilation/perfusion scan be performed?

Pulmonary Embolism: The main reason to perform a pulmonary ventilation-perfusion (v-q) scan is to rule out the presence of a pulmonary embolus (commonly a blood clot). There are several forms of pulmonary thrombo-embolism, but the most common situation is one of sudden onset, leading to sob. Chronic thrombo-embolism leads to development of sob over a long period and it can also be diagnosed with a v-q scan. ...Read more

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What are the risks in having a myocardial perfusion scan?

What are the risks in having a myocardial perfusion scan?

Stress associated : A myocardial perfusion scan is performed in two steps. One injection of a radiotracer at rest and another at stress (either treadmill or pharmacological stress test with adenosine, regadenoson, dobutamine, dipyridamole). Only few skin reactions have been reported with the radiotracer injection. Risks are more associated with the stress used for the test such has angina, headache, nausea... ...Read more

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Can you consumer alcohol after a myocardial perfusion scan?

Can you consumer alcohol after a myocardial perfusion scan?

Yes: Of course, I am not recommending excessive amounts of alcohol with or without the scan. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be around kids after a myocardial perfusion scan?

Is it safe to be around kids after a myocardial perfusion scan?

Small exposure: The doses of radiopharmaceuticals used for these scans are usually relatively low dose. However, thallium (half-life 2.7 days) gives more radiation than technetium sestamibi (half-life 6 hrs). Radiation reduction depends mainly on two factors time and distance. If you do not stay close to child for prolonged time then radiation exposure is reduced. Growing children more sensitive to radiation. ...Read more

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What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

Cardiac imaging...: The myocardial perfusion scan is performed mostly to detect ischemia. It can also detect infarction (heart attack) as well as ejection fraction, wall motion abnormalities, and ventricular volumes. ...Read more

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What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

Cardiac stress test..: A myocardial perfusion scan is used to detect ischemia or infarction (heart attack) and also to evaluation cardiac function (ejection fraction) and ventricular volumes. If there is significant ischemia sometimes a stent can be placed to prevent infarction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about angiogram of the heart or perfusion scan test?

Can you tell me about angiogram of the heart or perfusion scan test?

2 different exams: Angiogram involves injection intravenously of contrast and radiographic (x-ray imaging) of chambers of heart, coronary arteries, great vessels. Ct angiogram involves injection of contrast and cross-sectional imaging of these cardiovascular structures. Myocardial perfusion scan involves injection of isotope that shows myocardium looking for perfusion defects, ischemia and infarct. ...Read more

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Is it a common to have the perfusion scan after the angiogram of the heart?

Is it a common to have the perfusion scan after the angiogram of the heart?

Yes: After an angiogram, the perfusion scan may be done prior to stenting to plan the revascularization procedure. In addition, the perfusion scan can be down a couple of years later to help assess response to therapy. ...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?

Indeed: However, it would be a good idea to ask your cardiologist for a letter attesting to your test, the time, the isotope used, the half-life of that isotope, etc. The most commonly used isotope is technitium sestamibi 99 which has a half-life of only 6 hours, however when this radioactive isotope is in short or limited supply, thallium is often substituted, which has a half-life of over 73 hours. ...Read more

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How does the radioactivity affect someone after the myocardial perfusion scan?

How does the radioactivity affect someone after the myocardial perfusion scan?

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 necessary. You should question the need for tests involving radiation exposure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the purpose of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

See blood flow: Myocardial perfusion studies show the pattern of blood flow (perfusion) to the tissue of the heart muscle. The radiotracer goes where the blood goes and this shows how well the tissue is nourished. It can be an indicator of blocked arteries when the perfusion pattern is abnormal. ...Read more