Reasons for Nuclear Stress Test

When your doctor informs you that you need the Nuclear Stress Test procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Nuclear Stress Test is Performed

Alternate Names for Nuclear Stress Test:
Myocardial perfusion imaging

Reasons for Test

Myocardial perfusion imaging is used to look for previous damage to your heart and your risk of future heart damage.

Some specific reasons to do the test include:

  • Determine if you are at risk for a heart attack
  • See if you need coronary angiography , angioplasty , or heart surgery
  • See which areas of the heart muscle have poor blood supply
  • Provide information about the heart's pumping ability
  • See the amount of scarring that occurred from a heart attack
  • Check the success of angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery


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