Are you Getting your Heart Tested? Here is Some Vital Information to Know:
Are you Going for a Stress Test?
Are you going for a Nuclear STRESS TESTS also known as a Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Dye test, Thallium or MIBI Scan?
Why do stress tests it miss 34% of people with heart disease.
Stress tests are a good starting test to do because it will tell us your current fitness level. As you may or may not know, we preach exercise is the best medicine. It will also looks for advanced stages of heart disease. Yes, only advanced stages of heart disease. What does this mean? Your arteries have to be significantly blocked (like 80% or more) to show up on an exercise stress test. This is why it can miss 34% of people with heart disease (66% sensitivity).
We (and the research) do NOT like your prognosis from a stress test. Why?
1. Because either you are going to be given a clean bill of health when you could still be on the path of a heart attack or stroke. If you have not seeing our video on why do the majority of heart attacks occur with blockages that are less than 50% please click here.
2. You are going to go on for further testing. Such as a nuclear stress tests (also known as a Myocardial Perfusion Scan, thallium or MIBI scan). This test has increased radiation (~750 chest x-rays) and a radioactive dye that will set off the alarm detectors at the airport without even going through the alarm detectors. And doctors call this non-invasive?? Now there is a time and place for this type of testing and I talk about it in this video here.