Nuclear Stress Test
A nuclear stress test is similar to an exercise stress test but combines elements of a nuclear imaging exam to provide more accurate results than a standard exercise electrocardiogram. A typical stress test involves the patient exercising on a treadmill while electrodes attached to the body record the heart’s response to physical activity. This is done through an electrocardiogram (EKG). During a nuclear stress test, a radioactive substance is injected into the bloodstream. A special scanner is used to detect this substance and capture images of the heart muscle as the patient exercises. The machine is not enclosed and patients lay on a bed-type platform during the image capture.
This test is performed in our clinic. Patients are to not eat or drink anything for four to six hours before the exam. A nuclear stress test may be effective in determining the cause of chest pain, checking the prognosis of patients after a heart attack and determining the effectiveness of previous procedures. The test typically takes 4 to 6 hours. ProActive is accredited via the IAC for Nuclear Cardiology.
Hattie Banger in Southaven, MS
Dr. Nelson is an excellent doctor in my opinion. He was very attentive, compassionate, and friendly on my first visit and continues this same spirit of caring each time I visit him. He really put me at ease by detailing the procedures he would perform on me and the reasons why they were needed. He has a very pleasant and easy going personality that makes me feel I have known him for years.
If you have any questions about Nuclear Stress Tests, please do not hesitate to call us at 901.297.4000.