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   Posted 1/29/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I wonder if you can help? My mum has angina and she has a hospital appointment in just over a week to have some tests done, I don't know the exact name of the procedure but she is having some radiation stuff injected into her so they can scan and see the heart, does this sound familiar? sorry to not be exact.
I am real worried as It says on her letter to not go near children under the age of 16 for the rest of the day afterwards, this sounds scary to me :( if she cant go near anyone how can it be safe for her?
Also in the test I think they will be speeding her heart up to do tests this scares me to, had anyone here had this type of thing done? could you maybe help me to feel a bit better about it? should we tell her not to have it done as we don't want anything to happen to her :(

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   Posted 1/30/2008 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
They are probably doing a cardiac catheterization or a radionucleotide angiography. This is where they will insert a catheter into her upper leg/groin area and inject some contrast to illuminate her arterial system to give the physicians an idea of the extent of her heart disease. Don't worry, it's perfectly safe - lots of people receive radioactive tracers for medical procedures and they tell patients to stay away from people for a few hours as a precaution, but your mom will be just fine. It will be good for her to see the extent of her disease and what treatments may be available to help relieve her angina.

They may have her run on the treadmill for a few minutes while she undergoes the procedure so they can see how her heart functions under stress (i.e., exercise) and this is a very routine part of the procedure. I hope this helped some, and I hope her test goes well! Keep us updated!
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   Posted 3/27/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hiya Kaytee.

Dont worry about this test I have had it done twice, and had no problems at all. They will inject a radioactive dye into your mom, and probably make her walk on a treadmill to speed up her heart, then they will take some xrays. I had a cardiologist with me almost the entire time to monitor my heart and general condition through the test. Also this test is very good at finding any issues with your moms heart, so if she is having any sort of chest pain, this will really help the doctors to pin point why.

Again, dont worry about the radiation end of it, the hospital has to legally cover there butts, but I went home and cuddled with my wife, and neither of us glowed in the dark ;>)


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   Posted 3/27/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe not, they may not go that route, they may do a PET scan, a stress test where they inject the dye and a drug to spead up your heart rate through an IV and she lays on a table and they do it like a CT scan, but the tube part goes around your chest not your head, it's less invasive, it takes about an hour, I had that done, it's not too bad.

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   Posted 4/12/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to say that if they are speeding up her heart it may be a thallium stress test. Please Google. And see my earlier post. I'm worried, too.
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