Is a nuclear stress test the same as an echocardiogram

Alternatively a stress test may use an echocardiogram for ultrasonic imaging of the heart (in which case the test is called an echocardiography stress test or stress echo), or a gamma camera to image radioisotopes injected into the bloodstream (called a nuclear stress test).ICD-9-CM: MedlinePlus: MeSH: Other names: 

What happens after a nuclear stress test?

What will happen during a nuclear stress test: The medicine will make your heart beat faster and work harder. It may make you feel anxious, dizzy, nauseous, shaky, or short of breath. You may also have mild chest pain. These symptoms usually stop when your healthcare provider stops giving you medicine.

What to expect when taking a cardiac stress test?

The following are things that you should expect during a cardiac stress test: You will be monitored. To monitor your blood pressure and the oxygen in your blood, a cuff may be placed on your arm and a clip may be put on your finger. Electrodes (sticky patches) may be put on your chest to monitor the electrical activity of your heart.

What happens if you fail a stress test?

If you fail a stress test, it means that there might be serious underlying heart problems. There are many indications, some of the important ones among them are as follows: In case there are variations and changes in the electrocardiogram, it means that there is low oxygen supply to the various muscles of the heart.

What should you do to prepare for a stress echocardiogram?

Dress comfortably. If you are having a stress echocardiogram, you will be exercising on a treadmill or stationary bicycle and should wear comfortable running shoes. Leave plenty of time. It takes about an hour for a standard echocardiogram test or 90 minutes if you are having a transesophageal echocardiogram.

What are the risks of a nuclear stress test?

When it is performed by experienced personnel, the nuclear stress test is quite safe. Still, there are known risks, which include: Cardiac arrhythmias: Exercise-induced heart arrhythmias may occur. These are rarely dangerous, and almost always disappear when the exercise stops.

How do you feel after a nuclear stress test?

Immediately after the test, patients have reported discomfort and pain in the chest. Metal taste in the mouth is another possible side effect of nuclear stress test reported in small number of patients. Increased heart rate and breathing problems may also be associated with this test.

How long does it take to have a nuclear stress test?

˜ Stress test will take about an hour; nuclear test will take approximately 3 hours. The exam may include an ultrasound of your heart and a continuous electrocardiogram. The exam will take from 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours to complete.

How accurate are nuclear stress tests?

If a patient has blockage of the blood flow to the heart or if they’ve had a heart attack in the past, it will show up,” says Mieres. Nuclear stress tests are 90% accurate, compared with exercise stress tests, which are about 75% accurate for men and just over 60% accurate for women.