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Combining nuclear stress testing + exercise stress testing for the most accurate results

February 11, 2020

The heart is one of the most important muscles in your body. It pumps and circulates blood, delivering oxygen and nutrients to your cells and also removing waste products from your system. That’s why it’s important to recognize and monitor cardiovascular problems at the earliest stage possible and as they continue on.

Whether you are already aware of an issue or just looking to check on your heart health, there are many noninvasive testing procedures to choose from. Nuclear stress testing and exercise stress testing are two popular procedures that can help indicate whether your heart is performing properly. While they are both slightly different, the two procedures are used together in order to get the most accurate results.

Nuclear stress testing

A nuclear stress test helps evaluate whether there is any decreased blood flow to the heart. This noninvasive test uses radioactive substances that allow images to be taken before and after “stress” (usually a treadmill, although not always). It takes at least four hours to complete the nuclear stress test and you will be asked to fast on the day of your test in order to get the most accurate possible results.

Exercise stress testing

If there are significant blockages suspected in the arteries of the heart, you may be advised to do exercise stress testing. Similarly to nuclear stress testing, you will be asked to exercise (usually on a treadmill) while an EKG/ECG (electrocardiogram) takes readings. However, unlike the nuclear stress test, the exercise stress test only takes readings during and after stress, rather than before.

Working together

The nuclear stress test and exercise stress test are similar procedures that help to indicate whether any areas of the heart are not receiving enough blood flow during exercise or when the body faces stressors. Often times, the two are conducted in conjunction in order to have more well-rounded results. While the exercise stress test offers similar insights to how the heart is reacting under stress, the nuclear stress test images that are taken prior provide crucial information.

Who we are

Under the guidance of esteemed endovascular and heart specialist Dr. Ramaraj, Champion Heart and Vascular Center provides specialized care and world-class treatment to our patients. From top-notch endovascular suites, vein centers, and echocardiography, heart, and vascular labs that offer world-class treatment, our mission is to make our patients’ lives easier. Plus, our facilities are convenient, cost-effective and local, as they are the only clinics of their kind in Dunn, Henderson, and surrounding areas of North Carolina.

How we can help

Often times, patients suffering from cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) health issues are sent to hospitals for treatments and tests, despite the fact that studies have proven that procedures outside of hospital settings tend to be less traumatic and stressful. At Champion Heart and Vascular Center, we’re determined to make a difference. Our clinical team offers a wide range of same day, minimally invasive, dedicated outpatient services in a specialized endovascular suite with an echocardiography, vein, and vascular lab. We treat almost every cardiovascular condition including heart diseases, venous diseases, and other conditions such as pelvic congestion syndrome or uterine fibroids. Make your appointment online today or give us a call to see what we can do for you.

Combining nuclear stress testing + exercise stress testing for the most accurate results