What is Nuclear Stress Test

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Nuclear Stress Test Definition

Alternate Names for Nuclear Stress Test:
Myocardial perfusion imaging


Myocardial perfusion imaging is a test that uses a low dose of a radioactive agent to evaluate the blood flow and function of the heart. Since blood flow to the heart is best tested when you increase the work of the heart, this test is usually done with exercise. If you cannot exercise, your doctor may use a drug that increases the work of your heart to mimic exercise.


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