Stress testing is a test that exerts the heart to determine how strong it is and whether it has any irregular heartbeats or blockages in the coronary arteries. Stress testing can be done using different methods depending on your physical capacity and medical history.
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What is a nuclear stress test?
A nuclear stress test provides pictures of blood flow throughout the heart and helps your doctor determine if there are any possible blockages in the arteries of your heart. A nuclear stress test involves taking two sets of images of your heart: one set while you are under stress (either from running on a treadmill or from utilizing medicine to simulate exercise), and another set while you are at rest. A radioactive dye will be injected into your bloodstream through an I.V. and it will light up on the images to reveal any blockage in the heart.
How do I prepare?
Detailed instructions will be provided in office once the test is scheduled.
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