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I have had echoes and treadmill tests but am concerned about a nuclear stress test.

I had an echo, treadmill run, and echo again. The doctor there said I did well. I chose this test because I take Nadolol to prevent variceal bleeding. Now another doctor says the test was inconclusive and he wants me to do the stress test with simulated exercise and injection. I already discussed with him my concerns because some of them are carcinogenic. What do you think? Also, I cannot skip the Nadolol for even 24 hrs.

submitted by Martha from Branford, Connecticut on 3/31/2013


James T. Willerson, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, James T. Willerson, MD    

If done by a very experienced nuclear cardiologist, the nuclear stress study with injection of a radioactive material is more sensitive and more specific in detecting coronary heart disease than a routine treadmill test. There is no additional risk of cancer to you from this test. You do not need to quit taking the nadolol [Beta Blocker]. Thank you.       

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