Nuclear Stress Test
What is a thallium/myoview stress test?
This is a stress test involving radioactive isotope substances injected into your body. They are used to find out if your heart muscle receives enough blood supply during exercise. These substances will not change the way you feel. An intravenous (IV) drip will be started in your arm. The isotopes are injected into your IV and pictures of your heart will be taken in approximately 15 minutes. You will be asked to return to the test center 2-4 hours afterwards for the treadmill/laying down portion of the testing. Please do not have any caffeine in between the two tests and avoid smoking. It is important that you give your best effort on the treadmill. Pictures will be taken again after the treadmill portion of the test. Your doctor will call you with the results of the test within a few days. *Please have a light breakfast and NO caffeine, this includes decaffeinated*
Time: The stress test may take about 6 hours with a break in between. This test could take the whole day. You may bring your lunch with you and you may also be able to leave and return at a specified time. Please come prepared.
Insurance: It is your responsibility to provide our office with your insurance card and referral. If a referral is needed you will need to bring the orginal copy to our office with you. This is very important, as the test can not be preformed without a referral.
Cancellation: This test requires coordination between your doctor and the test center. The isotope is only viable for that day and is expensive. If you need to cancel this test you MUSY notify our office 24 hours in advance. You will be responsible for a $50 charge if you do not cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
Clothing: Please wear comfortable clothing (short sleeves, no metal snaps or buttons) and appropriate shoes to walk in. Women please wear a Bra and no dresses. Please NO jewelry.
Medications: Please bring your current medications wiht you. Stop the following medications 24 hours prior to test (unless you have chest pain on stopping medications):
Bisoprolol (Zebeta, Ziac)
Labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate)
Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL0
Propanolol (Inderal, InnoPran XL)
Amlodipine (Caduet, Lotrel, Norvasc)
Diltiazem (Cardizem, Carta XT, Dilacor, Tizac, Taztia XT)
Felodipine (Plendil, Lexxel)
Nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat, Nifedical, Nifediac)
Verapamil (Calan, Covera, Veralan, Isoptin, Tarka)
Isosorbide Dinitrate (Isordil)
Isosorbide Monitrate (Imdur)
Nitroglycerin Patch (Nitro-dur, Nitrodisc, Transderm-Nitro, Minitran)
*If you are having an adenosine test do not take Theophylline (Theodur, Slobid) 48 hours prior to the test.*
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