Office-Based Cardiovascular Tests
At Illinois Cardiovascular Specialists, we offer in-house cardiovascular tests and diagnostic services for all your cardiovascular needs. Along with incredible convenience, you can be sure you’re receiving the high-quality care you deserve.
When you visit our office in Crystal Lake or Barrington, IL, your doctor may order a test or a series of tests to ensure you’re getting an accurate diagnosis.
These office-based cardiovascular tests may include:
A nuclear stress test is similar to a routine exercise stress test except it provides pictures of your heart in addition to EKG tracings. When you first arrive, our nuclear technician will place an IV in your arm and inject a radioactive substance into your bloodstream.
Then you will lie down on a special table under a camera that can detect the radioactive material and create images of your heart. The next step of the test is where you exercise on a treadmill.
During this time, we will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and heart rhythm. When you reach your maximum heart rate, we inject an additional amount of the radioactive imaging agent. Immediately following the exercise portion of the test, you will again lie down on the table where we will take more pictures of your heart. Abnormalities on this test may indicate possible blockages in one of more of the coronary (heart) arteries or the presence of an abnormal heart rhythm.Preparing for an Exercise Nuclear Stress Test with Medications
Preparing for an Exercise Nuclear Stress Test without Medications
Preparing for a Pharmacologic (Lexiscan) Nuclear Stress Test with Medications
Preparing for a Pharmacologic (Lexiscan) Nuclear Stress Test without Medications
Preparing for an Exercise Stress Echocardiogram with Medications
Preparing for an Exercise Stress Echocardiogram without Medications