Does A Nuclear Stress Test Hurt?

How does caffeine affect a nuclear stress test?

This includes coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, and certain migraine medications that contain caffeine.

Caffeine can inhibit the medication needed for the stress portion of the test to be effective.

If you’ve consumed caffeine within 24 hours, we may have to reschedule your test..

How long does it take for a nuclear stress test?

A one day test will take about 2 ½ hours. This includes several periods of waiting before imaging. A two day test will take about 1 ½ hours each day.

How much does a nuclear stress test cost?

Some doctors use a nuclear stress test in which a radioactive dye illuminates how well the heart is working. Those tests are priced at an average of $630.

What happens if you fail a nuclear stress test?

Generally, there’s little concern for coronary artery disease and, in most cases, you won’t require any further testing. An abnormal result, which means your heart’s blood flow is insufficient, may occur only during the exercise phase of your stress test.

How reliable is a nuclear stress test?

The nuclear stress test is generally considered to be the most accurate type of stress test. It has a sensitivity of about 81%, meaning that it will miss about 19% of high-grade blockages.

How do you feel after a chemical stress test?

The chemical response is similar to the response caused by exercise. Through your IV, a chemical called Lexiscan will be injected. You may feel similar to what you would feel if you were exercising. You may feel a shortness of breath, headache, flushing, chest discomfort or chest pain, or dizziness.

How often should you have a nuclear stress test done?

As of today CMS (Medicare) will only allow nuclear testing every 2 years, if the patient is asymptomatic.

Is a nuclear stress test painful?

Although extremely rare, it’s possible that a nuclear stress test could cause a heart attack. Dizziness or chest pain. These symptoms can occur during a stress test. Other possible signs and symptoms include nausea, shakiness, headache, flushing, shortness of breath and anxiety.

Can you drive yourself home after a nuclear stress test?

You will not be allowed to eat or drink until the medicine used to numb your throat wears off. This usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. You may not drive yourself home after your test. Before coming for your test, arrange for someone to take you home afterwards.

Can you pass a stress test and still have blockage?

A normal stress test result only shows that there is not a significant coronary artery blockage. A smaller blockage could be present that isn’t picked up by the stress test.

Can you wear a bra during a nuclear stress test?

Do not use creams, lotions or oils on your chest for at least 24 hours prior to the test. Women—Jogging bras may be worn during nuclear and regular treadmill testing, but NO underwire bras will be allowed. Stress echo testing will mean that you will not wear a bra of any type.

Does a nuclear stress test show blocked arteries?

The test can show the size of the heart’s chambers, how well the heart is pumping blood, and whether the heart has any damaged or dead muscle. Nuclear stress tests can also give doctors information about your arteries and whether they might be narrowed or blocked because of coronary artery disease.

Can u drive after a nuclear stress test?

Following the treadmill test, there is another waiting period followed by a second imaging scan. If you are an outpatient, you will be permitted to drive after your test is completed. If unable to exercise adequately on of these following medications will be given instead.

How long are you radioactive after a nuclear scan?

The nuclear imaging agent is out of your system within 60 hours, but it is always decaying so it becomes minimal in a relatively short period of time.

Is there an alternative to a nuclear stress test?

Researchers emphasize that both nuclear stress tests and CT angiograms expose patients to radiation. While many newer CT scans deliver substantially lower doses of radiation than the scans used in nuclear stress tests, the dose and protocols can vary widely from hospital to hospital, researchers say.

Does Medicare pay for a nuclear stress test?

Medicare Part B coverage will help cover these tests if it is deemed medically necessary under certain circumstances. If your physician orders the nuclear stress test in order to diagnose or rule out illness, Medicare will pay for the screening.

What should I avoid after a nuclear stress test?

Nuclear Stress TestingNO CAFFEINE.NO coffee, including decaffeinated or tea/herbal tea of any kind.NO colas or soft drinks, including those labeled caffeine free.NO chocolate (candy, cakes, pies, cocoa, white chocolate, etc.)NO Anacin, Excedrin, or other aspirin products containing caffeine.NO Persantine (Dipyridamole)NO Theophylline.More items…