Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
(Nuclear Stress Test)
|Blood Flow Through the Heart|
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Reasons for Test
- Determine if you are at risk for a heart attack
- See if you need coronary angiography, angioplasty, or heart surgery
- See which areas of the heart muscle have poor blood supply
- Provide information about the heart’s pumping ability
- See the amount of scarring that occurred from a heart attack
- Check the success of angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery
- Chest pain
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Heart attack (rare)
- Radiation exposure
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee, tea, colas, or other soft drinks
- Foods containing caffeine, such as chocolate,including candies, frosting, pies, cakes, cookies, cocoa, or chocolate milk
- Over-the-counter pain relievers that contain caffeine, including aspirin
- Products that contain theophylline, such as Constant-T, Primatene, Quibron, Slo-Phylline, or Theo-Dur
- Have a history of allergies
- Are taking any medicines or herbal supplements
- Have diabetes
- Are pregnant or might be pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have any prosthetic implants in your body
- You may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for 4-8 hours before the test.
- Wear loose clothing and low-heeled shoes with rubber soles or tennis shoes.
- If you smoke, you should avoid smoking for 1-2 days before the test.
Description of Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Your symptoms continue or worsen
- You develop any new symptoms
- You continue to experience side effects from the medicines used
American College of Cardiology http://www.acc.org
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://www.heartandstroke.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Heart procedures - myocardial perfusion scan, resting. Available at: http://www.utmbhealth.com/diw/content.asp?pageid=P06562. Accessed on April 3, 2013.
11/30/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance: Einstein AJ, Weiner SD, Bernheim A, et al. Multiple testing, cumulative radiation dose, and clinical indications in patients undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging. JAMA. 2010;304(19):2137-2144.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 02/2013 -
- Update Date: 04/02/2013 -
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