What is a Cardiolite Stress Test?

I have to go have this done tomorow. Has anyone ever had this done? What do i have to expect? Thank you.

Asked by Candance Schertz 3 years ago.

Cardiolite is something that they give you that is radioactive and is taken up by the cells of the heart wall (the myocardium) so that they can then take images of the heart during exercise to assess the blood flow to the heart. You will be given an injection of the Cartiolite (it's a preparation of thallium-201) and asked to walk on a treadmill until you have reached 85% of your maximum predicted heart rate, which depends on your age, gender and physical condition. There are a few different protocols depending on what they are looking for, but the most common one is for you to exercise, get your heart rate up, have the injection, and then they will do one set of images in the next 5 or 10 minutes. After they're finished, you stop, and then they do another set two or three hours later. But you would need to talk to your doctor or your test center about the details; as I said, there are other protocols they might be using. Good luck! I hope everything goes well.

Answered by Armandina Grantier 3 years ago.

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