Stress Tests

NUCLEAR STRESS TEST

This screening method helps identify blockages in your heart.

In order to see the efficiency of blood flowing through your heart and spot any potential blockages, doctors who are board-certified in Nuclear Cardiology may conduct a Nuclear Stress Test. There are two parts to a Nuclear Stress Test. A very small amount of a radioactive dye is introduced into your blood stream and is tracked by a special camera as you lie there in a “resting” state. The second part involves measuring your heart’s blood flow after a period of stress brought on by vigorous exercise. Usually done on a treadmill. The two results are compared to find areas where the blood is flowing less efficiently than before which can indicate arterial blockages or damage.

Nuclear stress tests take anywhere from 3-5 hours and you cannot eat or drink before a stress test and certain medications. Please call for detailed instructions.


CARDIAC NUCLEAR PERSANTINE STRESS TEST

A stress test using the medication Persantine.

In order to see the efficiency of blood flowing through your heart and spot any potential blockages, doctors who are board-certified in Nuclear Cardiology may conduct a Nuclear Stress Test. There are two parts to a Nuclear Stress Test. A very small amount of a radioactive dye is introduced into your blood stream and is tracked by a special camera as you lie there in a “resting” state. The second part involves measuring your heart’s blood flow after a period of stress brought on by vigorous exercise. Usually done on a treadmill. The two results are compared to find areas where the blood is flowing less efficiently than before which can indicate arterial blockages or damage.

Nuclear stress tests take anywhere from 3-5 hours and you cannot eat or drink before a stress test and certain medications. Please call for detailed instructions.

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