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Old 07-11-2019, 06:28 AM   #1
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Question Nuclear stress test?

How many have had a nuclear stress test? I'm scheduled for one on the 19th. Honestly, I'm a little scared. On a treadmill you can bail out if something doesn't feel right. On the nuclear you can't do a durn thing. The last stress test I had was in '16. I went from the treadmill straight to the ER. I am not looking forward to this at all.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:37 AM   #2
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I had one about 2 months ago. I didn't have any problems.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:42 AM   #3
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I had one a couple years ago. I’m younger (late 30’s) and I didn’t have any issues. Everyone I talked to made it sound way way worse than it really was. I actually got a little nervous going in. When they maxed out the treadmill, it was just barely over a quick walk for me so it wasn’t much of a problem.
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Wife had a couple..over last 5y she said no big deal
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Sounds like the stress test has already started.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:56 AM   #6
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Worse thing about any stress test is that it can miss so much. A calcium score is a much better test to determine heart health. Good luck on your test.

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I've had two. No issues from the test. They found issues that would have been fatal and fixed them after the last one.

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I had one a couple years ago. Iím younger (late 30ís) and I didnít have any issues. Everyone I talked to made it sound way way worse than it really was. I actually got a little nervous going in. When they maxed out the treadmill, it was just barely over a quick walk for me so it wasnít much of a problem.
This one is not on a treadmill. It is chemically induced. My knee's have gotten so bad that a treadmill is out of the question.
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Sounds like the stress test has already started.
I think you're right.
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Both are useful tools. A good doctor knows when to use which.
Mine uses stress echos and the calcium for me.

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I've had one and it was a breeze!! Nuclear test only last of 1 1/2-2 minutes. Two things they told me was you will get a warm feeling on your forehead and the boys downstairs. Test was quite easy!! Don't stress about this stress test.....
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:23 AM   #13
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Had one. Afterwards.... straight to the cath lab.

More accurate than the treadmill or ekg from what the dr. told me.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:43 AM   #14
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I do a Nuclear stress test daily. I'm a scheduler at a nuclear power plant. lolz
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:46 AM   #15
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Iíve had a couple of those. Never a problem. Youíll do ok.
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They should have someone around if something happens.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:26 AM   #17
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They should have someone around if something happens.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:47 AM   #18
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A chemical stress test is much easier than the treadmill, and if you have a cardiac emergency, you are in a good place for one , only better place would be in a ER
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:12 AM   #19
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Worse thing about any stress test is that it can miss so much. A calcium score is a much better test to determine heart health. Good luck on your test.

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Apple's and oranges. A stress test will identify an existing decrease in blood flow, an active blockage either by soft plaque or calcified plaque. A calcium score will only tell you if there is calcified plaque present and would lead to additional testing.....such as a stress test.
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:16 AM   #20
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How many have had a nuclear stress test? I'm scheduled for one on the 19th. Honestly, I'm a little scared. On a treadmill you can bail out if something doesn't feel right. On the nuclear you can't do a durn thing. The last stress test I had was in '16. I went from the treadmill straight to the ER. I am not looking forward to this at all.
I do one every year,I don't understand what your saying about the treadmill,they will inject the nuclear dye and put you on a treadmill are speed your heart up with meds.It's the same stress test you did earlier they are just injecting a dye to see what your heart is doing,they will take a lot of 3 d pictures,be ready to lay on a table perfectly still for about 20 minutes while this camera make's a revolution around you , you will do this before the treadmill and after to compare pictures and what your heart is doing. Good luck,hope it turns out good.
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:27 AM   #21
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My cardiologist ordered one this spring but insurance pushed back. In the meantime they approved the calcium score so I went in the tube. When that plus my EEG were perfect I just dropped the stress test. Was only there based on family history as my Dad and Bro (7 years older) both have stints. Bro probably can't run a mile though and is heavy. I've been working out hard the last several years doing my best to battle genetics

I guess I need to find a new doc now that I've moved north though.
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[QUOTE=Goldeneagle;14239303]This one is not on a treadmill. It is chemically induced. My knee's have gotten so bad that a treadmill is out of the question.[/QUO



Sorry I didn't see you were doing the chemical stress test,it's not bad at all.They will inject the dye, take pictures of your heart resting then inject the chemical to speed up your heart,you will feel your heart speed up but it last a minute are two ,then they will give you a shot in your IV and stop it,again you will feel it slowing you down.Then back for more pictures.
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Apple's and oranges. A stress test will identify an existing decrease in blood flow, an active blockage either by soft plaque or calcified plaque. A calcium score will only tell you if there is calcified plaque present and would lead to additional testing.....such as a stress test.
Because of my families genetic issues with high cholesterol I go to a doctor that specializes in the field. While he is normal his brother, who is a cardiologist, who is in his mid 30's, and who has already had 2 open heart surgeries is not normal. ......his mother also has it as did 5 of her siblings. He had an Uncle do a stress test, pass with flying colors and then drop dead in front of Cabelas 2 days later. He has probably participated in more cholesterol studies than anyone else alive. He will tell anyone that will listen that stress test miss way too many things to be considered useful. He might be wrong but I know he feels strongly about this...and well I trust him with my life so to speak.

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I've had both the treadmill and the chemical induced stress test. Yes, the chemically induced is a little more "stress"ful IMO but it is what it is. It's a somewhat claustrophobic feeling when your heart starts raising and you find it hard to breath when you are just laying on a treatment table. On the treadmill...at least you knew how you got there.
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Maybe.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:08 AM   #27
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I've only had one and I will take the treadmill any day over the chemically induced heart attack. Granted they have you hooked up to antidote IV but with mine the abdominal cramps and chest pressure where scary and very uncomfortable, just like a real attack. BTW, I am a survivor of 4 heart attacks so far and a recipient of 2 stints. My first was Oct 19th, 1989 when I was only 43.
My last one was 4 years ago.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:15 AM   #28
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:22 AM   #29
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Because of my families genetic issues with high cholesterol I go to a doctor that specializes in the field. While he is normal his brother, who is a cardiologist, who is in his mid 30's, and who has already had 2 open heart surgeries is not normal. ......his mother also has it as did 5 of her siblings. He had an Uncle do a stress test, pass with flying colors and then drop dead in front of Cabelas 2 days later. He has probably participated in more cholesterol studies than anyone else alive. He will tell anyone that will listen that stress test miss way too many things to be considered useful. He might be wrong but I know he feels strongly about this...and well I trust him with my life so to speak.

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There are outliers in every field, including particular patients and particular doctors. Medicine is based on the averages of outcomes across years of treating patients and constantly adjusted and tested with new studies. A standard of care is developed based on all of this information. Sometimes people drop dead 2 days after their doctors follow the standard of care, that shouldn't change the treatment plan for the thousands who didn't.

I have been involved with cardiac medicine for 20 years. I have met a few "cowboy" cardiologist that think they know things the rest of the medical community doesn't. I wouldn't put my life in the hands of their ego.

Can a stress test be normal and someone die of a heart attack, absolutely. Can a patient have zero calcified plaque and die of a heart attack, absolutely. There is no silver bullet screening exam that will eliminate cardiac death but there is a standard of care based on what will keep the most people alive.
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I do one every year,I don't understand what your saying about the treadmill,they will inject the nuclear dye and put you on a treadmill are speed your heart up with meds.It's the same stress test you did earlier they are just injecting a dye to see what your heart is doing,they will take a lot of 3 d pictures,be ready to lay on a table perfectly still for about 20 minutes while this camera make's a revolution around you , you will do this before the treadmill and after to compare pictures and what your heart is doing. Good luck,hope it turns out good.
This is what I did when i turned 50. My family history of early heart attacks made my doctor order one. I had no issues with the test during or after.
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There are outliers in every field, including particular patients and particular doctors. Medicine is based on the averages of outcomes across years of treating patients and constantly adjusted and tested with new studies. A standard of care is developed based on all of this information. Sometimes people drop dead 2 days after their doctors follow the standard of care, that shouldn't change the treatment plan for the thousands who didn't.

I have been involved with cardiac medicine for 20 years. I have met a few "cowboy" cardiologist that think they know things the rest of the medical community doesn't. I wouldn't put my life in the hands of their ego.

Can a stress test be normal and someone die of a heart attack, absolutely. Can a patient have zero calcified plaque and die of a heart attack, absolutely. There is no silver bullet screening exam that will eliminate cardiac death but there is a standard of care based on what will keep the most people alive.
People get the test that insurance companies pay for.......That is where the standard of care comes from.
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I did one a few years ago. I worried about it but it wasn't that big of a deal. Kind of felt lightheaded and weird after, like I had been on a hour long phone call with my ex-wife.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:39 PM   #33
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I've had a couple in the past few years no problems anytime.
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Maybe.
Good point. Hopefully these are super nurses administering the death potion at this location.
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Prayers up for no issues and less stress before the test for you and your family
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Just "chill out" and you wan't need a stress test

Hope everything goes will Randy. I suspect the docs reading the test will be scratching their head from the results
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I pushed the buttons on the machines, the meds and watched the machines etc as a job for a while. Most repetitive job Ive ever had. It's not bad, some meds they use to stress you are worse than others as far as symptoms go, we had the choice of three different meds to use but it's over quick, just imagine youre exercising. Odd feeling to get the effects of it when you're sitting in a chair.

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My mother has one, it almost killed her! She was sent to the er and stayed there for 4 days.
I had one a few weeks ago with no problems.
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Had one about two andhalf years ago, was told it would make me feel warm and kind of a funny feeling. Never felt either one.
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People get the test that insurance companies pay for.......That is where the standard of care comes from.
Many hold that vue but it's actually the other way around, insurance will often reject request for exams that do not fit the care path. It's a push/pull type of things. Insurance only wants to pay for what's neccesarily while Dr's want to order every test that will protect them from liability and/or pay them and the hospital the most money and patients want the test their uncle Bob got because aunt Sally said it saved his life.

If you are bored google "Meaningful Use", things are going to get really fun in 2020...
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Had one about two andhalf years ago, was told it would make me feel warm and kind of a funny feeling. Never felt either one.
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You big sissy! Just go do it and quitcher worrying!
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I had one several years back. No issues at all. When they inject the isotope in, you'll feel a warming sensation. Mine started at my feet and worked it's way up. You can feel your heart start to beat faster and in a few seconds, it's all over with.
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Just "chill out" and you wan't need a stress test

Hope everything goes will Randy. I suspect the docs reading the test will be scratching their head from the results
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You big sissy! Just go do it and quitcher worrying!
Yeah, I ain't sounding like a tough arse GOF am I?
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Had one about two andhalf years ago, was told it would make me feel warm and kind of a funny feeling. Never felt either one.
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I have one yearly....no problems......
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Just relax. Easy to say, hard to do. Not a big deal. You will do fine! KJ
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