Nuclear Stress Test Treadmill

If you are pacemaker dependent, active, and able to get heart rate high up on treadmill test, can you choose to do treadmill test as opposed to the chemical injected? 


5 Comments

depends

by Tracey_E - 2020-06-25 08:36:09

You can ask. Sometimes they have other reasons for wanting nuclear but if they just want to see what your heart does on exertion and you are able, treadmill should be ok. I've had half a dozen on the treadmill, none nuclear. 

Ejection Fraction

by jonnypacker - 2020-06-25 09:52:09

There was a decrease in EF in March during last echo so they want to make sure no blockage. 

The answer is yes

by jonnypacker - 2020-06-25 16:54:19

I went in today and said "I don't feel comfortable with the chemical injection, I prefer to do the treadmill"...doctor asked why and I said read way too many horror stories.  He said "treadmill it is". 

Enjoy!

by crustyg - 2020-06-25 19:20:30

For those of us who *can't* get our HR up to something sensible, a Bruce Protocol treadmill test is really no fun at all.  It's actually quite unkind.  I declined a second one, so I understand your reluctance to undergo the chemical cardiac stress.

Good luck, and I hope it shows your heart muscle is in good health.

no treadmill

by dwelch - 2020-06-26 15:00:10

The stress test folks didnt bother to look at my chart until day of, time of to find that there is no way for the treadmill to work due to my upper limit so they did the chemical test.  I assumed this and didnt bother with athletic clothes, if they did make me walk I would have done it in what I was wearing.  I am so glad that we spent hundreds of millions of dollars so that all the offices have access to our records (esp two that are in the same building with the same sign on the door).

If your upper limit is too low then its the chemical test.

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