Nuclear Stress Test
A nuclear stress test measures the amount of blood in your heart muscle at rest and during exercise, so we can determine your heart health.
The nuclear stress test may combine a treadmill test with a scan that records pictures of the heart on a computerized gamma camera. We inject the patient with a small dose of a radioactive substance so the camera detects heart muscle function and coronary artery blood flow.
A basic treadmill stress test requires leads on the chest, so we can record an EKG at rest, at peak exercise and afterwards. We also monitor the heart rate, heart rhythm and blood pressure, while looking for changes that suggest that the heart is not receiving enough blood.
If a treadmill test cannot be performed by the patient, an IV medicine can be delivered to provide a momentary pharmacologic stress to the heart while nuclear imaging is performed.
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At Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, our heart specialists deliver compassionate patient care using leading-edge procedures, to patients living throughout the San Francisco East Bay area. While our cardiac services are located in Berkeley and Oakland, patients come to our heart center from Hayward, Pleasanton, Lafayette, and other East Bay communities as well as from greater California and the United States to seek the best cardiac hospital care available. Our experienced team of top heart and cardiovascular specialists strive to work with each patient to identify the best treatment options for heart and vascular conditions. Whether you need a top heart surgeon (or specialist), a cardiac specialist, a vascular or thoracic surgeon, or one of our best-in-class cardiothoracic specialists - our doctors, nurses and technologists will work with you to strive for the best cardiovascular care for your unique needs. We strive to be the best cardiac hospital not just in the San Francisco East Bay but for every patient who enters our heart center, whether they come from Oakland, Berkeley, or beyond the Bay Area.
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