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12/12/12 4:48 P

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Getting back...

That coffee 5 hours before didn't harm my test (yay!). Although the preliminary cardiologist tests indicted these further tests (stress test & sonogram/ doppler of carotid arteries), they came back HEALTHY!

So far, I'm the only one out of my family! Lifestyle choices are what are saving me thus far. emoticon

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12/4/12 11:41 A

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Huge thanks for CVJANE

for sharing.

I'm going in for that test today but for one hour before, they're doing something to get imaging of my carotid (they heard an obstruction ALTHOUGH that could be 'just how I'm put together').

I had coffee this AM!!!! I was told no food for 4 hours prior but I could take water...I'm now afraid I messed something up and will refer to my paper again.

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11/30/12 3:49 P

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Not sure if it was nuclear or chemical, but they injected some glowing stuff into my arm, took pictures, and then gave me a drug to speed up my heart while they monitored it, then took more pictures. To get the shot, I had to go in a glass booth with a nuclear symbol on it. That's why I assumed it was a nuclear test.

At least I didn't have to run on a treadmill..lol




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11/29/12 10:00 A

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Thanks Russell..I think that you had a "chemical" stress test. I had one of those about 1.5 years ago and it was awful... they injected me with some drug to stress out my heart because I was unable to run on the treadmill to the right target heart rate. I completely agree with you, it was not fun!

I appreciate your willingness to share and wish you best on your journey to meet your personal goals.

Thanks!

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11/29/12 9:58 A

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Thanks to everyone who provided me with information. I thought I would share what my experience was to add to the group.

Prior to the test I could have NO caffeine for 24 hours and NOTHING to eat or drink, including water for 3 hours prior.

When I arrived and checked in I first received at IV port so they could inject the drugs. I then went into the Nuclear Med department and was injected with nuclear tagged (radio isotopes) normal saline and then taken to room with a large x-ray type machine. I was positioned on the table and the machine took pictures of my chest for 20 minutes or so. I took a little nap.

After this, I was taken to the EKG/Treadmill dept, wired up for a full lead EKG. My cardiologist was present and reviewed the monitors, print outs etc during this part of the test. I walked on a treadmill while EKG ran. Every 3 minutes the treadmill increased speed and elevation. I had to communicate any and all changes I was feeling. I kept going even after my symptoms (chest tightness) started as it was not too bad. Then at some point the dr told them to inject the nuclear medicine again ( I was warned that I could give them that heads up myself), I needed to keep going at that level for another 1 minutes 30 seconds. Then the treadmill was lowered and slowed and I walked slowly for 2 minutes.

One off of the treadmill, they ran the EKG for one more strip and then all but 3 leads were removed from my chest and I went back to Nuclear Medicine for another 20 minute picture taking session.

Afterwards I was allowed to leave, told that the radioactivity was cleared quickly from my body, it was ok to be home and to not worry about my pee :)

All and all it was about 3 hours start to finish.

And the results were good.

Thanks everyone!

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11/28/12 3:29 P

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My last nuclear stress test was without a treadmill. It made me feel itching and burning in some places I wont mention..lol, and made my heart race for several minutes. My face felt on fire, and then I had to wait 45 minutes, and they did some more stuff, and finally let me go. I have never had a treadmill test. Mine took about 1.5 hours total, and mostly involved lying down.

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11/25/12 9:46 P

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Mine was with a treadmill. After it was started the doctor gave me a snack with some water. I was all there all morning.

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11/25/12 10:18 A

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All my nuclear stress tests involve the treadmill. They do not use the treadmill for patients who can't really tolerate it. Once you get started they should give you something to eat ( at least my cardio does) It takes hours because there is waiting time in between. I prefer them to a regular treadmill stress test because it gives a better indication of the heart's condition.

You will do just fine.

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11/24/12 12:15 A

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Thanks so much for the info... I will be sure to post what happens. Now I am even more curious, maybe I am really doing 2 tests?? I know it was scheduled for when my cardiologist could actually be there because he wanted to see it/me in action rather than wait for a report but also said that the "nuclear" pictures would be read by a doc specializing in that and not him.


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11/24/12 12:00 A

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The nuclear stress tests that I have had did not involve treadmills. The heart stress was "simulated" by the IV. Now I am curious about yours.

Yes, it did take some time on two different days so they can see and measure the differentials.

Let us know. Without the treadmill, it is painless except for laying on that blasted table for up to 45 minutes depending on the equipment your doctor has.

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11/23/12 11:23 P

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I am scheduled next week for a Nuclear Stress Test. I understand that this is a treadmill test, but will also include an IV and "nuclear" meds. I am not allowed to have any caffeine for 24 hours prior and nothing, even water, 3 hours prior. They told me to be prepared to be there as long as 4 hours. Anyone have any more information or would share their experience?
Thanks.

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