How Reliable Is A Nuclear Stress Test?

What happens if you fail a nuclear stress test?

An abnormal result in both phases of your stress test is an indication that your heart’s blood flow is poor, regardless of your exertion level.

The restricted blood flow suggests significant coronary artery disease..

What should I avoid after a nuclear stress test?

Do not eat chocolate or drink coffee, tea, soda, colas or other caffeinated beverages such Mountain Dew or energy drinks. If you are unsure, do not drink it. See the table below for more details. The table below also has a list of medications containing caffeine.

How often should you do a nuclear stress test?

As of today CMS (Medicare) will only allow nuclear testing every 2 years, if the patient is asymptomatic.

Why would a doctor order a nuclear stress test?

A nuclear stress test is an advanced diagnostic tool for finding the cause of new or worsening chest pain, stratifying risk for heart disease, deciding how well treatment is progressing, and/or evaluating recovery after a heart attack. Most of the stress tests performed by Heart House physicians are done in the office.

How long does the dye from a nuclear stress test stay in your system?

How long does the injection stay in my system? The nuclear imaging agent is out of your system within 60 hours, but it is always decaying so it becomes minimal in a relatively short period of time.

Can nuclear medicine make you sick?

Are there side effects to nuclear medicine exams? Very few people experience side effects from a nuclear medicine exam. Allergic reactions are extremely rare. Any adverse reactions are usually mild, pass quickly, and need little or no medical treatment.

Can a nuclear stress test damage your heart?

Although extremely rare, it’s possible that a nuclear stress test could cause a heart attack. Dizziness or chest pain. These symptoms can occur during a stress test.

How accurate are nuclear stress tests?

The test also has an estimated 85 percent accuracy rate in determining whether any of a patient’s major coronary vessels, namely the arteries supplying the heart with oxygen, blood and nutrients, is significantly blocked.

What can a nuclear stress test reveal?

The test can show the size of the heart’s chambers, how well the heart is pumping blood, and whether the heart has any damaged or dead muscle. Nuclear stress tests can also give doctors information about your arteries and whether they might be narrowed or blocked because of coronary artery disease.

What happens if you drink caffeine before a nuclear stress test?

Caffeine can inhibit the medication needed for the stress portion of the test to be effective. If you’ve consumed caffeine within 24 hours, we may have to reschedule your test.

Can you pass a stress test and still have blockage?

Stress tests can detect when arteries have 70 percent or more blockage. This severe narrowing is what causes the severe chest pain called angina. But normal results from a stress test do not rule out the possibility of a future heart attack. This is because a plaque can still rupture, form clots and block an artery.

Do you feel bad after a nuclear stress test?

Many people return to normal activities shortly after an outpatient nuclear stress test. You should not feel ill effects or have symptoms after your nuclear stress test. Tell your doctor or care team right away of any symptoms, such as dizziness, chest pain, or shortness of breath.

Can you drive yourself home after a nuclear stress test?

The nurse will help you with them after you are awake. You will not be allowed to eat or drink until the medicine used to numb your throat wears off. This usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. You may not drive yourself home after your test.