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What's stress thallium test?

What's stress thallium test?

Shows blood flow : thallium is tagged to red blood cells. The heart is stressed (increase cardiac outpu), then nuclear scanning helps show if there is equal blood flow to all parts of the heart, by detecting the radioactive thallium. ...Read more

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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How is a persantine sestamibi stress test performed?

How is a persantine sestamibi stress test performed?

pharmacologic stress: Often we use other agents but Persantine is injected and the patient is either imaged soon after or after a little exercise, after the Persantine administration, sestamibi is injected to allow the imaging. ...Read more

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Nuclear cardiology stress test--how much radiaiton?

Nuclear cardiology stress test--how much radiaiton?

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

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Nuclear stress test and cardiac coronary CT angiogram, which do you recommend?

Nuclear stress test and cardiac coronary CT angiogram, which do you recommend?

Depends on situation: Nuclear stress test involves looking at perfusion of heart for defective areas representing coronary artery disease looking for areas of permanent damage versus areas that are reversible possible related to area of coronary narrowing. Coronary ct angiogram looks at anatomy of coronary arteries looking for areas of narrowing and blockage.Answer depends on information physician needs and insurance. ...Read more

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Had echocardiogram, nuclear stress test w cardiolite, EKG and 30 day holter. Does the echo and nuclear test rule out CAD or any potential blockages?

Had echocardiogram, nuclear stress test w cardiolite, EKG and 30 day holter. Does the echo and nuclear test rule out CAD or any potential blockages?

Tests: in your age group the tests you had suggest that you presently have no significant problems with coronary blood flow. You won't get a guarantee for the future but good diet, exercise along with no smoking and medical follow up will be prudent. ...Read more

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Myocardial perfusion pet stress test with persantine had caffiene within 24 hours of test ?

Myocardial perfusion pet stress test with persantine had caffiene within 24 hours of test ?

No need to worry: You didn't mention whether the test was positive. Even then caffeine induced heart rate increase should not cause any problems. Hope you don't smoke. ...Read more

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Could sestamibi nuclear stress test only evaluates left ventricular function?

Could sestamibi nuclear stress test only evaluates left ventricular function?

NO: Nuclear stress test are done to evaluate coronary circulation/ blockages/CAD. As lagniappe they provide info re LV function. However, there are less expensive and invasive test that evaluate LV function just as well or better, like echocardiography ...Read more

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How much does adenosine nuclear stress test cost?

How much does adenosine nuclear stress test cost?

Adenosine stress $$$: The cost depends on where you live and whether test is being done in a hospital facility or cardiologist office the cost can vary from 800$ to 2000$. ...Read more

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Could nuclear stress tests be false?

Could nuclear stress tests be false?

Yes...: Yes...Nuclear stress tests can have false positive results. There are different types of nuclear stress tests. There is treadmill vs. Pharmacologic and there is spect vs. Pet. There are also many different tracers such as thallium or technetium for spect and ammonia or rubidium for pet. Each type of test has its own possible pitfalls. Artifacts are often the case of false positive. ...Read more

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Exercise stress test, 24 hour holter monitor, echo doppler test--which is done first?

Exercise stress test, 24 hour holter monitor, echo doppler test--which is done first?

For what?: These tests provide different information and have different indications. Stress tests are to look for evidence to support a diagnosis of symptomatic blocked coronary arteries. Holtor is used to evaluate for dysthymia. Echocardiogram is useful to look at the heart valves and other features. Choosing the right test depends on what symptoms you are having. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is rest stress thallium test?

What is rest stress thallium test?

Heart Disease Test: Thallium stress test is a nuclear imaging method that shows how well blood flows into the heart muscle, both at rest and during activity. Normal blood flow would "light up" on images. The stress portion is either through exercise, like on a treadmill, or a drug can be injected for those who can't tolerate regular exercise. This causes the heart to behave as if the subject were exercising. ...Read more

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Is it safe to smoke after a myocardial perfusion scan thallium scan cardiac nuclear imaging?

Is it safe to smoke after a myocardial perfusion scan thallium scan cardiac nuclear imaging?

Well...: Since you had a cardiac nuclear scan, I assume your doctors were looking for coronary artery disease. You seem to be a smoker, which makes artery disease worse. So smoking is not a good thing for you, and you should try to stop. Having said that, you are probably not in any more immediate risk for heart problem for smoking after the nuclear exam. Long term risks are greater with smoking. ...Read more

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I have had regular stress test. Nuclear stress test echocardiogram and heart catherization. All normal what's chance missed blockage or pulm htn?

I have had regular stress test. Nuclear stress test echocardiogram and heart catherization. All normal what's chance missed blockage or pulm htn?

Zero: There's no chance for blockage. If your pulmonary artery pressure was reported on your echo, than there's no chance that's been missed either. ...Read more

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Caffeine ok while having a chemical cardiac stress test using dipyridamole, persantine?

Caffeine ok while having a chemical cardiac stress test using dipyridamole, persantine?

NO!!!!: Caffeine should not be ingested prior to pharmacologic cardiac stress since it can interfere with the results. Stopping caffeine ingestion for at least 24 hours prior to pharmacologic stress should be sufficient. If caffeine is ingested and pharmacologic stress is performed, this can cause false negative results. If you have taken caffeine, stress may be rescheduled or switched to dobutamine. ...Read more

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My cardiologist ordered a myocardial perfusion pet stress test with persantine, so what is it?

My cardiologist ordered a myocardial perfusion pet stress test with persantine, so what is it?

Stress test : This is a chemical stress test. You will be given a medication and then pet scan of your heart will be done to evaluate the blood flow in different parts of the heart. If there is any significant blockage, it will show up as a defect in the images. ...Read more

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Why are dobutamine-induced stress echocardiogram used?

Why are dobutamine-induced stress echocardiogram used?

Better information: A stress echo allows you to view heart function under a stressor. The stress is an elevation in heart rate and produced by the dobutamine. It allows us to see if your blood flow in the coronary ateries can meet demand. Is like economics , supply vs demand. ...Read more

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What is the sestamibi treadmill stress test?

What is the sestamibi treadmill stress test?

Nuclear study: This is a nuclear medicine test that tells your physician about your heart function. A small amount of nuclear tracer is given right after/during running on a treadmill followed by a scan. This is compared to a similar scan performed at a separate time under resting conditions. Any decreased area of tracer uptake in the heart during stress compared to rest indicates a possible artery block. ...Read more

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Stress test or heart cath for beter results ?

Stress test or heart cath for beter results 
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Low vs ?Higher Value: Stress tests only capable of detecting very advanced disease, ?chances of heart attack & do nothing to solve issues (i quit doing these 1995). Angiogram with PTCA option has risks (usually small) but can see problems & offers opportunity to open arteries & decrease symptoms at same time. The bigger issues are optimizing lipoproteins (nmr particle test), hba1c & bp, etc. To ??? disease progression. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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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