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Nuclear Stress Testing in West Bridgewater, MA

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What Is Nuclear Stress Testing?

Board-certified cardiologist Dr. John K. Terzian may order a nuclear stress test for patients experiencing chest pains or shortness of breath. This advanced diagnostic testing is often performed to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD) and its severity. CAD is caused by the buildup of plaque, which narrows and limits blood flow to the heart, leading to a possible heart attack. During a nuclear stress test, a cardiologist injects a small amount of radioactive material called Cardiolite or sestamibi into the bloodstream to show blood flow in and around the heart when a person is at rest or active. A special camera takes pictures of the blood flow. The radioactive substance in the bloodstream then illuminates to show normal and reduced blood flow to the heart. If you're experiencing some distressful cardiac symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Terzian at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology in West Bridgewater, MA for on-site cardiac tests as soon as possible.

What Are the Benefits of Nuclear Stress Testing?

Nuclear stress testing allows our team at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology to accurately diagnose cardiac problems for patients in Bridgewater, MA. This diagnostic procedure offers a wide number of benefits, such as:

  • Gives an accurate portrayal of patient's blood flow
  • Allows for the diagnosis of CAD
  • Little to no downtime
  • Gives greater insight into potential treatment plans

Am I A Candidate for Nuclear Stress Testing?

Ideal candidates for nuclear stress testing are individuals who are at risk for or experiencing symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD), such as chest pain (angina) or shortness of breath, especially during physical activity. Additionally, those with known CAD or individuals who have undergone interventions like stents or bypass surgery may benefit from this diagnostic test. Nuclear stress testing helps evaluate blood flow to the heart muscle and can identify areas of reduced blood flow or ischemia, as well as assess the overall function of the heart. It is particularly useful for individuals who may have difficulty performing traditional exercise stress testing, as it can be done both at rest and under stress induced by medication. Candidates should discuss their medical history and symptoms with our team at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology to determine if nuclear stress testing is appropriate for them.

How Does Nuclear Stress Testing Work?

Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology is proud to perform cardiac tests at our facility. Dr. Terzian and his cardiac care team will help you prepare for a nuclear stress test by doing the following:

  1. An IV will be inserted into your arm to inject the radiotracer (Cardiolite) into your bloodstream. The liquid may feel cold within the bloodstream.
  2. After the tracer is injected, we’ll wait while it circulates to the heart.
  3. Electrodes on patches of adhesives are then placed on the chest, arms, and legs and connected to an electrocardiogram machine to measure the heart’s electrical activity.
  4. A blood pressure cuff is placed on the arm to monitor blood pressure.
  5. As you lie on a table, a special camera will show blood circulation in and around the heart.
  6. You may be instructed to exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike so we can see the heart at rest and work.
  7. More radiotracer may be injected into the bloodstream, if needed.

Our cardiac team will give specific instructions for you to follow after the nuclear stress test. You can typically return to normal activities after the test, but you’ll want to drink plenty of fluids to help flush the radiotracer substance out of your body. You may also feel tired or dizzy or have a headache after the procedure, but these symptoms will soon disappear after you get some rest.

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Advanced Diagnostic Testing

Generally safe, nuclear stress tests use a low dose of radioactive material to help show the lack of or reduction of blood flow in and around the heart. Dr. Terzian conducts this noninvasive test to diagnose blockages and prevent any further complications. We invite you to participate in this advanced diagnostic testing and evaluate your cardiac health. Schedule an appointment with our team at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology today.

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How long does it take to get the results of a nuclear stress test?

Typically, the results of your nuclear stress test will be analyzed by Dr. Terzian and his experienced team at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology within a few days. However, the timeframe may vary depending on factors like test complexities and workload. We will schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the findings and any recommended treatment plans.

Are there any restrictions on diet or medications before undergoing a nuclear stress test?

Yes, you may be advised to refrain from eating or drinking for a certain period before the test. Some medications might need to be stopped temporarily, but this is something Dr. Terzian will discuss with you during your consultation. Always provide complete information about any medications or supplements you're currently taking so that the healthcare team can give you tailored advice.

How safe is the radioactive substance used during the test?

The amount of radioactive material used in a nuclear stress test is very low and generally considered to be safe. It leaves the body quickly, mostly through the urine. The imaging team at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology follows strict guidelines to minimize radiation exposure, ensuring a safe testing environment. Any concerns about the safety of the radioactive substance can be discussed directly with Dr. Terzian or his team members.

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