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Old 04-16-2004, 01:24 PM   #1
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Whats the difference between nuclear stress test and the regular stress test? I am being scheduled for a stress test but wonder if I should have the nuclear......what does one show that the other does not?

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Old 04-17-2004, 05:02 AM   #2
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One shows areas of ischemia very well (oxygen deprivation.) The other shows a gray throbbing mass that doctors can shake their head knowingly at. You can substitute a fetus and the same doctor will give the same nod.
Go for the nuclear marker or don't even bother with the test.

I had a "plain vanilla stress/echo" because of severe heartburn on excercise, radiation to shoulders that went away immediately upoon rest. Bad Cardiologist said "definitely NOT your heart." I watched the fuzzy glob he was looking at too...I saw what could have been poor reception of an I LOVE LUCY episode.
Turns out I had a 98% blockage in my main right coronary artery and suffered NEEDLESSLY with pain and worry for 5 years because of this JERK and his junky but nevertheless expensive "test.".

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Old 04-17-2004, 11:46 PM   #3
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Whats the difference between nuclear stress test and the regular stress test?
Well, in the Nuclear Stress Test, they strap you onto a reclaimed Russian Nuclear Warhead. They paint your toenails with flourescent nail varnish and then place you in a blacklit room. You are then forced to listen to bad disco from the 70's. If you glow, you pass the test.

In the Regular Stress Test, they strap you into your teenage son's unmade bed, with his three-week old socks and force you to listen to rap music. If your son's socks glow, you past the test.

 
Old 04-18-2004, 05:01 AM   #4
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Yep,
That 70's disco will stop a weak heart in an instant...but at least the corpse will be pretty with the day-glo toenails...
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Old 04-18-2004, 12:33 PM   #5
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Yes, I just think it is so important to strip away all the medical double-speak and get right down to what really goes on in these tests.
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