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How is a cardiac perfusion scan used?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Find Bockages

Myocardial perfusion imaging is typically combined with exercise.
This test is used to diagnose coronary artery disease in patients with typical symptoms or patients with high risk for coronary artery disease.

In brief: Find Bockages

Myocardial perfusion imaging is typically combined with exercise.
This test is used to diagnose coronary artery disease in patients with typical symptoms or patients with high risk for coronary artery disease.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine

In brief: Assess risk

1. Determine blood flow to the heart at rest and at stress.
The difference between these two can help determine risk of a major cardiac event such as a heart attack. 2. Determine cardiac size. 3. Determine cardiac function (left ventricular ejection fraction). 4. Determine exercise capacity. 5. Determine electrical (ECG) response to stress. These factors are used to help guide medical therapy.

In brief: Assess risk

1. Determine blood flow to the heart at rest and at stress.
The difference between these two can help determine risk of a major cardiac event such as a heart attack. 2. Determine cardiac size. 3. Determine cardiac function (left ventricular ejection fraction). 4. Determine exercise capacity. 5. Determine electrical (ECG) response to stress. These factors are used to help guide medical therapy.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine

In brief: Diagnosis, Risk

A cardiac perfusion scan helps diagnose coronary artery disease, helps guide medical management of heart disease, and helps assess response to therapy for various heart diseases.

In brief: Diagnosis, Risk

A cardiac perfusion scan helps diagnose coronary artery disease, helps guide medical management of heart disease, and helps assess response to therapy for various heart diseases.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine

In brief: Cardiac risk

The scan is used primarily to assess a person's risk of an adverse cardiac event (heart attack, cardiac death, urgent revascularizatioin) and to help guide medical therapy to reduce this risk.
It is also used to evaluate response to therapy for heart disease.

In brief: Cardiac risk

The scan is used primarily to assess a person's risk of an adverse cardiac event (heart attack, cardiac death, urgent revascularizatioin) and to help guide medical therapy to reduce this risk.
It is also used to evaluate response to therapy for heart disease.
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