What is a nuclear stress test?

A nuclear stress test is a form of diagnostic imaging in which a radioactive dye is injected into your bloodstream and live images are taken of your heart both before and after physical exertion. This is done to evaluate whether or not there is damage to the heart and surrounding blood vessels, or insufficiencies with blood flow.

Why may I need a nuclear stress test?

Dr. Jain may order a stress test for patients who have already had a stress test performed but are still unsure of any underlying issues. It may also be beneficial in developing a plan of treatment once a diagnosis has been reached. A nuclear stress test is considered to be a low risk procedure.