A nuclear stress test is an exercise test that is primarily focused on evaluating the flow of blood to the heart. A nuclear stress test may be ordered in a number of situations, all generally dealing with the health of the heart. Diagnosis of coronary heart disease, treatment for heart disorders and even simply keeping a check on the size and shape of the heart can all be accomplished with the help of a nuclear stress test. While most people will say that the cost of a nuclear stress test should not matter if you want to have a healthy heart, this does little to mask the fact that it is an expensive procedure. The average cost of nuclear stress tests will vary from state to state as well as country to country and it is important to consult your preferred medical team or hospital regarding the nuclear stress test price.
A nuclear stress test will measure the amount of blood flow to the heart in moments of physical activity as well as when the body is at rest and will usually involve taking two sets of images of the heart in both these situations. During the test, a small amount of substance known as a radioactive tracer will be injected into the veins and a special camera that detects the radiation released by this tracer will be used to produce images of the heart on a monitor in front of the doctor.
Because of the nature of the test, some preparation is needed before undergoing the test. For instance, while you can eat food and drink liquids as you normally do on the day of the test, avoid consuming anything for upto 4 hours before the commencement of the test. If certain medication has to be taken, then make sure you drink nothing other than water to help swallow the pills. Do not smoke on the day of the test as this is known to significantly interfere with the results of the test. Avoid consuming any decaffeinated as well as caffeine free products for upto 24 hours prior to the commencement of the test and make it a point to consult your doctor in regards to the kinds of medications that you are taking for other medical complications at the time. In the event that you are a diabetic and take insulin, consult your doctor in regards to the dosage that should be taken on the day of the test.
Submitted by N on November 22, 2011 at 12:06