A cardiolite stress test is also known as Technetium stress test or Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI). This test is used to examine if your heart muscle and coronary arteries get enough supply of blood.
The technetium or cardiolite is inserted through your arm and the blood brings a tracer to the muscle heart over the coronary arteries. It is a radioactive tracer which is able to track the supply in the heart. This test covers two parts of testing.
The first is rest test then followed with stressing test. You are required to walk on a treadmill for this test. you are not able to walk on the treadmill, there is a medication type which has a result of the effects of the exercise on your heart. And, this is called as Persantine. If you have both of the tests, you may be required to go to the Radiology Department first where the medicine technologist will give an understanding about the exam, and you may be able to start the test
What does Persantine stress test work?
One of the cardiolite stress tests is the use of Persantine stress test, a medication which can show the effect of the exercise. When you are required to use this stress test, you are ordered to lie on a bed which is the nuclear technician. When you are lying, you will be injected with the radioactive tracer (technetium) and Persantine.
How does the cardiolite stress test work?
For you who will take the cardiolite stress test for the first time, you may need to know what will happen to your test.
- A blood pressure handcuff is wrapped around your arm then electrodes are located on your chest.
- After that, you take the resting test by using an Electrocardiogram (ECG). ECG test will be held when you are resting. The ECGs test is a test which will check or examine the electricity in your heart.
- When the test begins, you will be required by the physician to walk on the treadmill at a normal speed. this step is called as treadmill stress test.
- The technetium or the nuclear trace will be given through a vein in your arm (IV)
- Then, the speed of the treadmill will be increased gradually until the heart rate is gained
- After that, the heart rate which was obtained will be measured.
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When you take the cardiolite stress test, there are few side-effects you will get after doing this test. However, this test does not have a specific side effect.
The side effects of cardiolite stress test depend on the patients’ health condition. The side effects may be obtained are dizziness, fever, fainting, allergic reaction, swelling in the heart, and irregular heartbeats. This test is also not recommended when you are pregnancy. The treatment of the test may harm the development of the fetus.
Before you take the cardiolite stress test, you have to make sure you are in good condition of health and consult first with your doctor.