Re: Thallium Stress Test
I have had the nuclear stress test done both ways. Honestly for me the treadmill was easier. The adenosine stress test which is what they give you when aren't able for some reason to walk on the treadmill makes you feel like you've done a great deal of exercise and all you are doing is laying on a table with electrodes stuck to you. It made me feel short of breath and made my chest feel very full like it was pushed out. My test came out normal so I don't know what it would feel like if there was a problem. I do believe at the time I did have some narrowing in an artery that just wasn't picked up by the test. Normally the adenosine stress test would be given in cases such as if you had bad knees or like in my case where I already had a stent and the symptoms I was having indicated that I might have a severe blockage. The treadmill test was tiring and I worked up a pretty good sweat, but I never got to the point that I could go no further. I guess it just depends on what shape you are in when you go for the test. I was a 41 year old woman with no other health problems and was pretty active.