Nuclear Stress MIBI
Your physician has scheduled you for a Nuclear Stress Test. You will need to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled time. It is very important that you have had nothing to eat or drink after midnight and that you have had no caffeine for a 24-hour period before your test. This includes any chocolate or over–the-counter drugs such as Excedrin, Anacin & BC Powder. It is strongly recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes and loose fitting clothes. When you arrive at the office, you will sign in at the front desk to await registration. Once you are registered, you will be escorted to the Heart Center where a team member will interview you to obtain your medical history. Please be sure to bring with you a complete list of all medications, prescription and over-the-counter, that you are currently taking. Be sure to include the dosage of the medication(s) and how often you take each one.
A Nuclear Stress MIBI is a stress test with Cardiolite®. A stress test is used by doctors to diagnose heart disease. Not everyone who has a stress test has heart disease, but the test results can help your doctor determine if you are at risk. Cardiolite is an imaging agent used in stress tests to see how well blood is flowing to and through your heart.
You will be taken to a private area where your medical history can be reviewed and consent signed. DO NOT BE ALARMED IF YOU ARE ASKED SIMILAR QUESTIONS by different staff on several occasions. This is used as a safety check before your procedure. It will be necessary to have an IV started at this time. A small amount of radioactive material will be injected into the IV, of which you should feel no effect. After 10-15 minutes, you will be placed on the Nuclear Medicine scanner to obtain images of your heart and then immediately following you will be escorted to the Stress Room next door. A team member will place electrodes on your chest and a blood pressure cuff on your arm. The goal of the test is for you to walk on a treadmill until you cannot go any further. The test ends when you have given your all. The treadmill will go slow at first and then incline and speed up every 3 minutes. ONe minute prior to the end of the test you will receive another injection of radioactive material. You will walk for 1 additional minute and then slowed to a stop and then monitored for 5 more minutes. There will then be a 30-minute wait. After this waiting period you will be placed back on the Nuclear Medicine scanner where more images will be obtained of your heart. After approximately 15 minutes and the images have been checked, the IV will be removed and you will be free to go.
For those who cannot walk on the treadmill, or fail to reach their target heart rate (based on age), a medication can be given that allows us to image your heart and have a diagnostic test.
We ask that you give our office a 24 hours notice if you are not able to keep your appointment. Please call 860-355-1149 if you need to cancel. You will be charged a late cancellation fee of $250.00 if proper notice is not given due to the high cost of the drugs and clinicians involved.