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« Reply #160 on: July 28, 2007, 01:16:17 AM »

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Are any of you in the medical field?


I am not a nurse or a doctor.  I have worked in the hospital setting.  Do you have a problem or concern?  It's not that I necessarily can help...but I can care.

Janet, LOL!  I've seen them 3 times in concert  Very Happy
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« Reply #161 on: July 28, 2007, 01:19:01 AM »

Sorry- I seem to get Tamik & Tibro confused sometimes  Sad
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« Reply #162 on: July 28, 2007, 01:21:35 AM »

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Hi Monkeys,
Are any of you in the medical field?


I am not a nurse or a doctor.  I have worked in the hospital setting.  Do you have a problem or concern?  It's not that I necessarily can help...but I can care.

Janet, LOL!  I've seen them 3 times in concert  Very Happy

I have been having hellacious chest pains; left arm becomes real heavy, and my hand goes numb.  At the same time I have the pains I get a burning right below my ribcabe.  I thought it was heartburn but my doctor wants me to go in monday for a stress test.  I can't do the normal tread mill run because of my back back so they have to do it in the nuclear medicine depart.  All I've been told is that they will bring me to the verge of having a heart attack.  There will be two cardiologists in there among numerous nurses but still I'm scared as heck.  I need someone to explain this test more thourougly to me.  I don't know the name of it so I can't look it up my self.   I guess my main question would be: could something go wrong and I might end up having a real heart attack during the test?
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« Reply #163 on: July 28, 2007, 01:23:37 AM »

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Hi Monkeys,
Are any of you in the medical field?


I am not a nurse or a doctor.  I have worked in the hospital setting.  Do you have a problem or concern?  It's not that I necessarily can help...but I can care.

Janet, LOL!  I've seen them 3 times in concert  Very Happy

I have been having hellacious chest pains; left arm becomes real heavy, and my hand goes numb.  At the same time I have the pains I get a burning right below my ribcabe.  I thought it was heartburn but my doctor wants me to go in monday for a stress test.  I can't do the normal tread mill run because of my back back so they have to do it in the nuclear medicine depart.  All I've been told is that they will bring me to the verge of having a heart attack.  There will be two cardiologists in there among numerous nurses but still I'm scared as heck.  I need someone to explain this test more thourougly to me.  I don't know the name of it so I can't look it up my self.   I guess my main question would be: could something go wrong and I might end up having a real heart attack during the test?


I think this is what they are going to do.  Just found the link:

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4743

Thallium Stress Test
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« Reply #164 on: July 28, 2007, 01:24:36 AM »

What if I can't perform an exercise test?

Sometimes you can't do an exercise test because you're too sick or have physical problems. In this case, a drug such as dipyridamole (di-pi-RID'ah-mol) or adenosine is given. This drug increases blood flow to the heart and thus "mimics" an exercise test. Then the thallium test is given
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« Reply #165 on: July 28, 2007, 01:25:26 AM »

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Hi Monkeys,
Are any of you in the medical field?


I am not a nurse or a doctor.  I have worked in the hospital setting.  Do you have a problem or concern?  It's not that I necessarily can help...but I can care.

Janet, LOL!  I've seen them 3 times in concert  Very Happy

I have been having hellacious chest pains; left arm becomes real heavy, and my hand goes numb.  At the same time I have the pains I get a burning right below my ribcabe.  I thought it was heartburn but my doctor wants me to go in monday for a stress test.  I can't do the normal tread mill run because of my back back so they have to do it in the nuclear medicine depart.  All I've been told is that they will bring me to the verge of having a heart attack.  There will be two cardiologists in there among numerous nurses but still I'm scared as heck.  I need someone to explain this test more thourougly to me.  I don't know the name of it so I can't look it up my self.   I guess my main question would be: could something go wrong and I might end up having a real heart attack during the test?


I think this is what they are going to do.  Just found the link:

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4743

Thallium Stress Test


I get a blank page
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« Reply #166 on: July 28, 2007, 01:26:34 AM »

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What if I can't perform an exercise test?

Sometimes you can't do an exercise test because you're too sick or have physical problems. In this case, a drug such as dipyridamole (di-pi-RID'ah-mol) or adenosine is given. This drug increases blood flow to the heart and thus "mimics" an exercise test. Then the thallium test is given


See the above - I'll keep looking
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« Reply #167 on: July 28, 2007, 01:26:43 AM »

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What if I can't perform an exercise test?

Sometimes you can't do an exercise test because you're too sick or have physical problems. In this case, a drug such as dipyridamole (di-pi-RID'ah-mol) or adenosine is given. This drug increases blood flow to the heart and thus "mimics" an exercise test. Then the thallium test is given

Are there any risks?
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« Reply #168 on: July 28, 2007, 01:27:11 AM »

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Sorry- I seem to get Tamik & Tibro confused sometimes  Sad


I do too..LOL!! Embarassed
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« Reply #169 on: July 28, 2007, 01:28:40 AM »

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I have been having hellacious chest pains; left arm becomes real heavy, and my hand goes numb.  At the same time I have the pains I get a burning right below my ribcabe.  I thought it was heartburn but my doctor wants me to go in monday for a stress test.  I can't do the normal tread mill run because of my back back so they have to do it in the nuclear medicine depart.  All I've been told is that they will bring me to the verge of having a heart attack.  There will be two cardiologists in there among numerous nurses but still I'm scared as heck.  I need someone to explain this test more thourougly to me.  I don't know the name of it so I can't look it up my self.   I guess my main question would be: could something go wrong and I might end up having a real heart attack during the test?


They will monitor your heart very carefully during the test, and the cardiologists will be there.  They will end the test if they feel they need to do so.  I understand your worry....and I will keep you in prayer.  Yes, things can go wrong, but they also can go well, especially with the docs being there to help.
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« Reply #170 on: July 28, 2007, 01:28:58 AM »

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What if I can't perform an exercise test?

Sometimes you can't do an exercise test because you're too sick or have physical problems. In this case, a drug such as dipyridamole (di-pi-RID'ah-mol) or adenosine is given. This drug increases blood flow to the heart and thus "mimics" an exercise test. Then the thallium test is given


See the above - I'll keep looking


See if you can pull up this link:

http://www.cpmc.org/learning/documents/cardiacstress-ws.html
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« Reply #171 on: July 28, 2007, 01:30:37 AM »

Good, Klaas has more info.  Klaas, what don't you know about?  LOL!!!
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« Reply #172 on: July 28, 2007, 01:31:35 AM »

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Sorry- I seem to get Tamik & Tibro confused sometimes  Sad


I do too..LOL!! Embarassed


I'm relieved it's not just me!!!
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« Reply #173 on: July 28, 2007, 01:32:04 AM »

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Sorry- I seem to get Tamik & Tibro confused sometimes  Sad




I do too..LOL!! Embarassed
 

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« Reply #174 on: July 28, 2007, 01:33:59 AM »

Hugs and prayers for you Katy's mom. I hope they can figure out why you are having all of these problems...

I've been on a Janis Joplin tangent since I last posted....

Tibby!? You still here?
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« Reply #175 on: July 28, 2007, 01:34:19 AM »

Before the Test

DO NOT eat or drink for 6 hours before the test: You may have small sips of water.

No food or drink with caffeine for 24 hours before the test: No coffee, tea, sodas with caffeine, or chocolate.

Bring the requisition form signed by your doctor to your appointment or we may not be able to do your test.

About your medicines: Check with your doctor about which of your regular medicines to take or stop before the test.

Wear comfortable, loose clothing (pants or shorts). You are asked to undress from the waist up and wear a short gown for privacy and comfort.
 

Those are the instructions they gave me.  This sounds like it might be the one.  Thank you so much.  I don't know if I can do without the caffeine for 24 hrs ahead of time.  That could kill me right there.
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« Reply #176 on: July 28, 2007, 01:34:47 AM »

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Good, Klaas has more info.  Klaas, what don't you know about?  LOL!!!

I'm a good googler, lol  Laughing
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« Reply #177 on: July 28, 2007, 01:35:19 AM »

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Are there any risks?


Yes, but the risk of not being tested is greater.
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« Reply #178 on: July 28, 2007, 01:35:58 AM »

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Before the Test

DO NOT eat or drink for 6 hours before the test: You may have small sips of water.

No food or drink with caffeine for 24 hours before the test: No coffee, tea, sodas with caffeine, or chocolate.

Bring the requisition form signed by your doctor to your appointment or we may not be able to do your test.

About your medicines: Check with your doctor about which of your regular medicines to take or stop before the test.

Wear comfortable, loose clothing (pants or shorts). You are asked to undress from the waist up and wear a short gown for privacy and comfort.
 

Those are the instructions they gave me.  This sounds like it might be the one.  Thank you so much.  I don't know if I can do without the caffeine for 24 hrs ahead of time.  That could kill me right there.


You will be fine.  I read through the end of that and they say you can even go back to work after the test.
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« Reply #179 on: July 28, 2007, 01:36:18 AM »

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What if I can't perform an exercise test?

Sometimes you can't do an exercise test because you're too sick or have physical problems. In this case, a drug such as dipyridamole (di-pi-RID'ah-mol) or adenosine is given. This drug increases blood flow to the heart and thus "mimics" an exercise test. Then the thallium test is given

Are there any risks?


That is scary, Katysmom.  Will send you some prayers and hugs for Monday.

If anyone is close to having heart attack it would be the best place to be to have it - surrounded by cardiologists and machines.
I also wonder why more Doctors don't explain more to patients or give them reading material on their treatment.  They forget that the average person does not know all this stuff or they would be doctors as well
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