Exercise (Treadmill) Nuclear Stress Test
The treadmill test is an electrocardiogram (ECG) that is done while you are walking on a moving belt. Abnormalities in your heart rate and/or rhythm can be detected. Thallium and Cardiolite are radioisotopes that when injected into a vein in the arm, travels to the heart muscle. Pictures are taken of the blood flow in the heart muscle with a special nuclear imaging camera. This test is designed to determine if there is any problem with the blood flow through the coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood.

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An intravenous (IV) catheter will be placed in your arm in order to administer the injection of Thallium. There are no side effects from this injection. The risk of radiation is small, approximately 2 to 3 chest x-rays. A resting scan will be done while lying flat, with your arms above your head. Pictures of your heart will be taken at different angles.

These pictures will take 10 to 15 minutes to obtain. You will then be asked to walk on a treadmill. Your blood pressure, heart rate, and rhythm will be monitored while you are on the treadmill. When you reach your target heart rate and exercise level, Cardiolite will be administered into the IV. After the completion of the treadmill, more pictures of your heart will be taken to compare with the first set of pictures.

The test will take approximately 3 to 4 hours.
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