Nuclear Stress Test

What is Nuclear Stress Testing or a Nuclear Stress Test?

A Nuclear stress test can be scary. Doctors will prescribe this test to see if you have some form of heart disease (most likely coronary artery disease) or to see how your disease process is going? Sometimes we just take doctors word for getting a test done which may be fine but you should always ask why. A nuclear stress test is a type of myocardial imaging. It is provides your healthcare team with valuable data on how your heart is functioning. But you should read this FREE report on “The Truth About Heart Tests: Nuclear Stress Testing” to determine if this test is for you.  A nuclear stress test contains a lot of radiation along with inserting a radioactive dye that can stay with you for weeks.

What happens in a Nuclear Stress Test?

A nuclear stress test is a diagnostic test to determine blood flow the heart muscle. You basically perform an exercise stress test at which at the end you are injected with a radioisotope die. This die then distributes into your heart at which they will take radiation images of your heart and see how the die distributes around your heart. They will take images right after you exercise then again when you are resting (usually a few hours later). If you are unable to exercise they may inject a pharmacological agent to increase your heart rate to distribute the dye.

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With a nuclear stress test, they are looking at how the radioisotope die distributes around the heart. If the die does not reach an area of the heart then they consider that to be ischemic (lack of oxygen or blood flow to the heart). They can determine which arteries are not doing what they are supposed to.

Is the Nuclear stress test Dye Safe?

The chances of something bad happening while you are performing these tests are relatively low. Obviously you will be in a lab and they are able to handle emergencies if the situation were to arise. The nuclear stress test dye used is considered safe, but do you really want to be “radioactive” for a few weeks. Yes a few weeks. This is where it warrants a good conversation with your doctors to see if the test is necessary. In our free report we will discuss some key things to look out for to see if you require these tests and understand everything you have to know from a patient perspective.

IF you have been prescribed to get a nuclear stress test then it is important to start to look at your heart health. Heart disease is preventable and even reversible. Please get our special report to understand The Truth behind Heart tests: Nuclear Stress Test.

Nuclear Stress test