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Taking Alprazolam Before A Stress Test
Yes: Yes, I don't find any research that has Ibuprofen listed as a med to not take before an exercise or nuclear stress test. Just try to avoid caffeine for the 24 hours prior to the test, including over the counter medications like Excedrin, NoDoz, or diet pills, and foods like chocolate and strawberries. There are several heart medications to avoid the day of and before as well but check with your doc ...Read more
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
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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Learn how to do this. I will refer you to a website on it if you are interested, but I would really recommend that you contact your cardiologist about what is means for you.
www. Aafp. Org › journals › AFP › vol. 59/no. 2 (january 15, 1999)
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jan 15, 1999 - the exercise stress test is a useful screening tool for the detection of. ..The test report contai. ...Read more
Target heart rate...: If you are having an exercise stress test, there is a target heart rate which needs to be reached. This target heart rate is 85% of your maximum predicted heart rate. Maximum predicted heart rate is given by equation (220 - age). If you do not reach target heart rate, the exercise test may need to be converted to a pharmacologic stress test. Therefore you have "failed" to exercise adequately. ...Read more
Cardiac test: 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 walk on the treadmill. ...Read more
If I decline taking a stress test, is their any other test that can be taken to give the same results? I am not comfort. Taking this test.
Not really: Stess test is for function of myocardium and detects deficiency in blood or perfusion to myocardium. Different kinds of stress test include electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and nuclear medicine type. Nuclear and echo type are more sensitive. Usually exercise in form of treadmill is included to determine results of test. Some patients who can't exercise given medications to speed up heart rate. Ask dr. ...Read more
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
Increase rate or PVC: Most of the time, caffeine has no adverse effects when used in moderation, and if individuals not sensitive to it, in which cases, leads to increased heart rate, slight inc bp, increase extra (ectopic) beats (pac or pvc's). If caffeine in those people take a stress test, resting pulse is increased and therefore, pulse with exercise is also. Speak with cardiologist doing the testing. ...Read more
Before exercising, EKG is done to measure heart rate at rest; and blood pressure is taken.
You exercise by walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bicycle. The rate of exercise or degree of difficulty gradually increases.
After test heart rate, blood pressure, and EKG are monitored.
Stress Test is used to assess chest pain, shortness of breath are due to heart problem. ...Read more
See below: A sestamibi stress test is used to detect decreases in blood to the heart muscle during exercise or chemical "stress." such decreases in flow may indicate partial or complete blockage of one or more of the coronary aeries that supply blood to the heart muscle. ...Read more
Typically 60-90%: While the type of stress echocardiogram is important (exercise vs chemical stress test), the mean 'sensitivity' (finding an existent problem) and the 'specificity' (a positive test=actual existent disease) vary slightly though the averages for both fall between 60-90%. Cited ranges are 51-97%. ...Read more
Checks heart functio: Thallium is a radioactive (minimally) isotope that is used to study the pumping capability of the heart, usually after heart attack or prior to surgery in someone with cardiac disease. Sometimes it's done simply to ensure proper cardiac capability in someone with risk factors or prior heart issues. It involves mild to increasing exercise to "stress" the heart and assess function under effort! ...Read more
Drug induced stress: If exercise on a treadmill is not an option (too much stress on the heart) due to a person’s medical condition, may use an intravenous medication called dobutamine. Dobutamine causes heart to beat faster and will mimic the effects of exercise on the heart. Stress tests usually can be nuclear with radiotracer or with echocardiography. ...Read more
Very common: A thallium stress test is an extremely common procedure that allows the doctor to monitor the electrical activity in your heart while you walk on a treadmill with a continuous ekg (usually takes 10min) and to take "before and after pics" of your heart. Pictures are taken before and after walking to see if there is an area of low blood flow, which suggests blockage in a coronary artery. ...Read more
Both: Your cardiologist will determine whether you need either. And whether you can successfully perform exercise stress test. If not then 'chemical stress test' ...Read more
Radiation exposure: There most certainly is radiation exposure with nuclear cardiology stress testing whether it is with thallium, sestamibi, or any of the pet imaging agents. The exposure is minimal but real and the risk vs. Benefit to the patient needs to be considered before ordering the study. Pregnant women should not have these studies and young women can have a very small but increased risk of breast cancer. ...Read more
Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system. So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight, dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more
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
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