Nuclear or Standard Stress Test

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Nuclear or Standard Stress Test

Stress tests are commonly used to evaluate heart function under stress (exercise) in order to provide information about how the heart responds to exertion.

Stress Test

A standard stress test usually involves walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike at increasing levels of difficulty, while your electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored. Vital signs of a resting heart and excercised heart are measured and compared in order to determine if there is an abnormal rythm.

Your physician can also use the stress test to:

  • Determine if there is adequate blood flow to your heart while you exercise
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your heart medications
  • Determine the likelihood of having coronary heart disease and the need for further evaluation
  • Detect abnormal heart rhythms
  • Assist you in developing a healthy exercise program

Nuclear Stress Test (Thallium Stress Test)

A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart muscle at rest and during stress. It is performed similar to a routine exercise stress test but provides images in addition to electrocardiograms.

A radioactive substance is injected into your bloodstream that mixes with your blood and travels to your heart. A special scanner that detects the radioactive material in your heart creates images of your heart muscle. These images are taken both at rest and after exercise. Using this technique, a less than normal amount of thallium will be noticed in those areas of the heart that have a decreased blood supply.

Echo Stess Test

An echocardiogram (often called "echo") is a graphic outline of the heart's movement.This test is also commonly known as a Treadmill Stress Test and Exercise Stress Test. During the test, the heart is scanned with an ultrasound at a resting heart rate, and then again after strenous exercise. The test is designed to evaluate how much blood is pumped from the heart.

A stress echo can accurately visualize the motion of the heart's walls and pumping action when the heart is stressed; it may reveal a lack of blood flow that isn't always apparent on other heart tests.

A stress test is part of EliteHealth's Executive Physical Exam. This in-depth exam is a critical component of EliteHealth’s Corporate Wellness programs.

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