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VA scheduled me for a nuclear chemical stress test. Had been told not exercise or to lift over 20 lbs.I asked about the “stress” part of the test but was only answered it dilates vessels and slows heart beat.Is a stress test safe
It is my understanding that the chemical stress test is given when a physical stress test might put the patient at risk. I don't know if it is "safe" but it was developed to be safer than the physical stress test. Good luck with your testing.
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Hi, I had this particular test done 6 years ago and I'm here to tell the story. Don't worry, you're going to be ok!
Hi @bummed, welcome. According to this information, A nuclear stress test is generally safe, and complications are rare. As with any medical procedure, there is a risk of complications … Read more here under the heading "Risks": https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/nuclear-stress-test/about/pac-20385231
@degarden_girl is right that it was developed to be less risk and @twojunes2 is hear to tell you that it's okay. @baxtersmom @predictable @tennisplayer @wisconsin2267 may also have more to share about what the test is like.
I think your concern is specific to the worry that you have a 4.8 cm aneurysm and feel that this may be too much. You may be interested in this Video Q&A with Mayo experts
– Video Q&A about Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/video-qa-about-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms/
Bummed, how long have you known that you have a aneurysm? What changes are you making to stay healthy?
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had major motorcycle accident 8 13 2017, imaging at hospital then listed heart as normal. Va echo sept 13 2020 shows 4.8cm ATA, had a 2 minute discussion not to exercise or lift more than 25 lbs. I when to the VA for a NCST. I asked if I'm not supposed to exert and this stress test dilates and slows the heart and in constant Afib ( misses a beat every 4 to 5 beats ) they could would not say it's safe…
It appears to me the Nuclear doctor was not working with Cardiology. I understand the normal risks but don't want to add more thanks
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The way it works for me is that my cardiologist orders the test and the radiologist follows those orders. If you have been prescribed a chemical stress test by your cardio and the radiologist doesn't think that is safe, I think you need to go back to your cardiologist to discuss.
I have always understood that AFib is a (very) rapid heartbeat, not missed beats. I think missed beats are not as serious as AFib but this is another discussion to have with your cardio.
And in the meantime, I would follow direction to not exercise or lift even 25 lbs.
This is a learning process for all of us and I always make a list of issues I don't understand or questions I have.
I wish you good luck with all of this. You will feel better once you have more details.
has been referred to irregular irregular Atrial fibrillation for the past 25 years, Had 2 unsuccessful conversion attempts.
Also have central mixed apnea, and use CPAP and a bit of traumatic brain injury with a lot of fractured body parts.
I was asking about what part of Nuclear Chemical Stress test isn't Stress,,,lol thanks
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