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Heart and Vascular Diseases

Libertyville: 847-549-0170

Gurnee: 224-424-4129

Nuclear Stress Test

A nuclear stress test uses radioactivity to image a patient's heart before and after exercise to determine the effect of physical stress on the flow of blood through the coronary arteries and the heart muscle.

Your doctor may recommend a nuclear stress test to:

1. Diagnose coronary artery disease.
2. Assess the overall function of the heart muscle.
3 .Assess damage to the heart muscle following a heart attack.
4. Determine your ejection fraction (how well your heart is pumping blood).

Instructions for Test

Cardiac Stress Test

A cardiac stress test is used to determine how well the heart responds to exertion. It will involve walking on a treadmill at different intervals and levels of difficulty. During the stress test, a technician will be monitoring your EKG, heart rate and

blood pressure.

Your doctor may recommend a cardiac stress test to:

1. Identify an arrhythmia.

2. Determine if there is adequate blood flow to your heart.

3. Evaluate the effectiveness of your medications to control angina and blood pressure.

4. Assess your functional capacity.

Instructions for Test