Nuclear Cardiology Studies - This study is used to check how blood is flowing to the heart muscle, to look for damaged heart muscle, and to see how well your heart pumps blood to your body. It is performed by injecting a small amount of radioactive tracer intravenously. The tracer travels to your heart and releases energy. Special cameras outside of your body detect the energy and use it to create pictures of your heart. The procedure is usually performed in two segments: one with an exercise stress test (or if you cannot execise, then with medication to simulate exercise) and one at rest. When coupled with a stress test, this study is very helpful for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease since Dr. Matzer is able to look at EKG changes suggestive of blockages as well as pictures of the heart muscle. Unlike a treadmill test, the nuclear stress test can help localize the blockage. The nuclear stress test can also help tell how much of the heart muscle is in jeopardy due to blockage of heart arteries.
Dr. Matzer has completed a fellowship in nuclear imaging and has been the director of numerous nuclear cardiology laboratories. She personally interprets her patient's nuclear cardiology studies.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR NUCLEAR STRESS TESTING
NO CAFFEINE for 24 hours prior to your scheduled test time. This includes coffee, tea, cola, chocolate, and many energy drinks.
NO DAIRY PRODUCTS for 24 hours prior to your scheduled test time. This includes milk, eggs, butter, cheese and ice cream.
You may eat up to 4 hours before the test. After that, water only. If you are diabetic: please eat breakfast and take half of your diabetic medication dose.
Wear comfortable tennis shoes or walking shoes and comfortable clothes.
Medications such as Beta-Blockers may need to be stopped prior to the test. Please check with Dr. Matzer which medications to take prior to the test.
Dr. Lisa Matzer is a female cardiologist and internist for Burbank, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Glendale, Studio City, Los Angeles, and the Southern California. Specialities include treatment, diagnosis, management and prevention of men and women's heart disease and men's and women's preventive health.
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