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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between A Cardiolite Stress Test And A Mpi

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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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What can you tell me about the cardiolite nuclear stress test?

What can you tell me about the cardiolite nuclear stress test?

Myocardial scan: A cardiac perfusion scan measures the amount of blood supplied to your heart muscle. Radiotracers such as thallium or technetium sestamibi (cardiolite) are injected intravenously and travel through blood to heart muscle.2 sets of images are made during rest and exercise and compared. Indications for this study include chest pain, previous heart attack, heart surgery and coronary artery disease ...Read more

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Why would you have an adenosine/cardiolite stress test done?

Why would you have an adenosine/cardiolite stress test done?

Ischemia evaluation.: Adenosine/cardiolite stress test is usually done to look for ischemia. Adenosine is a pharmacologic stress agent which is used often when patients cannot exercise on treadmill adequately. Cardiolite is the tracer used to image the heart. ...Read more

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Tomorrow i'm getting a nuclear stress test w cardiolite. Worried about side effects and reaction to the thallium or whatever they use. Should i worry?

Isotopes quite safe: Dyes are not used during nuclear stress tests. Trace radioactive isotopes are but there are no significant reactions to these minute doses used considering the thousands of tests done around the globe daily unless one has a history of being allergic to the thallium or cardiolite. ...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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What is the difference between Cardiopulmonary exercise test vs Exercise stress test? Does Cardiopulmonary exercise test combines both and better?

What is the difference between Cardiopulmonary exercise test vs Exercise stress test? Does Cardiopulmonary exercise test combines both and better?

Not better: Exercise stress tests measure your peak functional capacity and ischemia (blood supply), arrhythmias, and blood pressure response. The different tests are used for different issues. Cardiopulmonary stress tests also measures peak oxygen consumption which is useful for evaluating certain disorders, particularly prior to heart transplantation ...Read more

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What is the difference between echocardiography and heart stress test?

What is the difference between echocardiography and heart stress test?

Diferent areas: Echo shows your heart and valves in motion it also can show direction of blood flow. Its good for demonstrating function, wall thickness, volume ejected and valve quality and size. Stress test determines if your heart muscle is getting enough blood flow and oxygen during stress ...Read more

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Can someone tell me the difference between a dobutine stress test and a lexa scan?

Can someone tell me the difference between a dobutine stress test and a lexa scan?

Stress test : They are two different medications and have different cardiac effects for the purpose of stress test . While Dobutamine increases the heart rate and simulates exercise like state of the heart, lexis can works differently, primarily causing heart vessels to dilate and gives assessment of perfusion in heart.. Both provide similar end information. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a lexiscan stress test & a stress echo dobutamine test? I have had the lexiscan before.

What's the difference between a lexiscan stress test & a stress echo dobutamine test? I have had the lexiscan before.

Nuclear/ Echo stress: Lexiscan stress generally performed with nuclear isotope, which shows blood circulation(perfusion), comparing with medication lexiscan(stressing heart) and at rest. Dobutamine echo we are looking at wallmotion of heart with medication dobutamine( stressing heart )and at rest to see they show any differences to detect blockages ...Read more

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What are the primary differences in a CT scan of heart and a nuclear stress test? Would one make more sense looking for blockages?

What are the primary differences in a CT scan of heart and a nuclear stress test? Would one make more sense looking for blockages?

CARDIAC IMAGING: A CT reveals anatomy with some limitation if heavy calcium is present & scanner technology dependent,A nuclear stress depends on the isotope (TCc vs Thallium vs one of the PET agents) reveals detailed information on function,often the 2 modalities are complementary and necessary for appropriate diagnosis and treatment/prognostication ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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