Re: Adenosine Cardiolite Stress Test
I had this done recently, its not big deal. They use the drug to raise the heart rate so they see how the heart responds to stress. They order this type of test when there is a reason they feel your father can't get his heart rate up to his target rate due to mobility problems for example, with me it was arthitic knees. Do you know if it is just a stress test or is it a nuclear stress test where they will also take pcitures of his heart before and after the stress test? They will usually call this either a Thallium or Cardiolite stress test.
In either case, when I had the injections, it made me feel instantly like I was running a marathon, my heart rate went up and I was breathing heavy and felt flushed. It lasted about two minutes and then they injected the tracer for the xrays and then one more minute and they stopped the injection. The effects of the injection stopped immediatley. It is a safe procedure and there will be a cardiologist in the room during the test to be safe. What they are looking for are signs of blocked arteries by how your father's blood pressure and heart rate respond to exercise as well as his EKG during the test and any changes which may indicate the presence of a blockage in one of his arteries. I did not find this test to be stressful, no pun intended, at all. It was actually less difficult than the normal treadmill test I had last year.
Last edited by Toneman; 03-24-2007 at 11:39 AM.