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After taking the Persantine thallium test my dr., informed me of the following; Decreased count rate in the anterior wall; reversible ischemia;; ?

After taking the Persantine  thallium test my dr., informed me of the following; Decreased count rate in the anterior wall; reversible ischemia;; ?

Cannot be sure it is: While decreased count in the anterior wall may be caused by ischemia( inadequate blood flow), there are frequently other causes. In females, decreased anterior wall counts may be an artifact due to the interposition of the breast between the camera and the heart. In true ischemia ,decreased count would be present only in the stress images. Please confirm this with your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Timothy Guiney
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is routine dipyridamole thallium scintigraphy still used by doctors?

Is routine dipyridamole thallium scintigraphy still used by doctors?

Yes: In some hospitals it is. But Lexiscan (regadenson) has largely replaced Dipyridamole in most labs. Thallium is also still used sometimes, especially to evaluate hibernatining myocardium, but newer radionuclides have largely replaced it for routine testing. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the side effect of persantine?

What are the side effect of persantine?

Minimal: Old drug lots if usage combined with aspirin dipyridamole. Used for vasodilation and anti platelet effects. Bruising, ? Dizziness possibilities. Stop in pharmacy and get the data sheet or completeness. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the adverse effects of persantine?

What are the adverse effects of persantine?

Usually none: But, Persantine is a vasodilator and can rarely cause a drop in blood pressure. It can also cause constriction of the airways of the lung, and rarely can cause a brief pause in the heart rhythm for several seconds. ...Read more

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What is the difference between persantine and dobutamine?

What is the difference between persantine and dobutamine?

Drugs for Heart Test: Chemical stress tests are used to diagnose heart artery blockage in people who cannot treadmill exercise. Persantine is injected IV and dilates normal blood vessels more than abnormal ones causing an ischemic defect on a nuclear image. Dobutamine is injected IV and increases the heart rate and contractility with muscle fed by a blocked artery not responding as well as normal muscle. ...Read more

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