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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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Is it ok to have unprotected sex after nuclear perfusion stress test? I was given nuclear isotope radiation. Staff advised me to wait 6 weeks

Is it ok to have unprotected sex after nuclear perfusion stress test? I was given nuclear isotope radiation. Staff advised me to wait 6 weeks

Sex after radiation: The concerns are for sperm and then abnormal babies resulting from that sperm. If advised to wait 6 weeks you should wait 6 weeks. Otherwise the only way to minimize risk is to make sure that you use condoms- even then that is not a guarentee to prevent problems. ...Read more

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What does a non-stress test consist of?

What does a non-stress test consist of?

Imaging: Heart Imaging tests (nuclear, ultrasound & MRI) are a non-invasive way of evaluating heart function performed in conjunction with physical activity (treadmill or bicycle) or using non physical means (using intravenous medication eg. dobutamine, lexiscan, adenosine or dipyridamole). All the above provide indirect information on blood flow, presence of scars and the strength of heart contractions ...Read more

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What diagnoses can come from a stress test?

What diagnoses can come from a stress test?

Cardiac: I'm assuming you're referring to a cardiac stress test that is used to diagnose heart conditions and physical stamina. ...Read more

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Is there any pain involved in a stress test?

Is there any pain involved in a stress test?

Stress test: A stress test for screening purposes usually has no associated pain. Treadmill stress testing can lead to tired legs and shortness of breath. If the stress test has changes suggestive of a blocked artery, and the patient has chest pain or pressure, the tst is stopped and is sent for immediate catherization. Chest pain or pressure suggests heart disease. ...Read more

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What happens during a non-stress test (nst)?

What happens during a non-stress test (nst)?

Baby monitoring: A non-stress test is a way of checking on the baby. We listen to and record the fetal heart for 20-30 minutes. We are looking at the baseline heart rate and how the heart rate goes up or down. We are looking at this to see if the baby is getting enough oxygen or if there are other problems with how the baby is doing. ...Read more

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What should I expect when I go in for a stress test?

What should I expect when I go in for a stress test?

Physically demanding: A stress test is physically demanding. So take adequate rest the night before, wear comfortable clothes and comfortable walking shoes. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what should I expect during a stress test?

Stress Test: Check this great article from mayo clinic: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/stress-test/my00977/. ...Read more

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I am going to be having a stress test. What does a stress test consist of ?

I am going  to be having a stress test. What does a stress test consist of ?

Stress test: Your own doctor can explain why s/he feels you need this test, and what info needs to be gained. Generally it involves connecting you to ekg machine while you do gradually increasing physical activity on a treadmill -- while being monitored closely for any changes. ...Read more

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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

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Stress Test (Definition)

A stress test is a cardiac test which can include walking on a treadmill and monitoring your heart while you are walking. They can also inject you with a nuclear material and do a more comprehensive scan on your heart to check for blockage. They can also do a chemical stress test which omits the need to ...Read more