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I am going to be having a cardiac stress test on Friday. I have been experiencing bouts of shortness of breath on exertion. I have to stop all foods and beverages that contain caffeine for 24 hours prior to the test. I am also not allowed to eat after midnight on Thursday. I will be getting an IV with a contrast called "Cardiolite. From what I know, this test will help determine the blood flow to the heart muscle when the heart is under stress and at rest. Has anyone ever had one? I am hoping that I will get some answers about how well my heart is working.
 

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I have never had one. Good luck and hope you get some answers :) Will send some good thoughts your way!
 

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Never had one either, Breeze, but I'm glad you're getting a workup, and hope they get to the bottom of this!

All I know about the contrast dyes is that they give me hives, so the radiologists know to keep benedryl on hand! heheh!
 

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Never had one either Breeze. Both my sis and mom have had stress tests but I don't remember them telling me about having an IV with Cardiolite. I will be thinking about ya and sending good thoughts to ya! :D
 

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I got through the test OK. I wasn't able to get my heart rate up high enough and needed some adenosine added to my IV. The cardiologist said that my EKG was normal. I will have to wait to get the results of the heart imaging that was done. I hated the effects of the adenosine and was happy to have a cardiologist present.
 

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Keep us posted . . . I'm sure glad that's over with! Have you about got everything crossed off your list now? :D
I wish I could say that I don't have anything left on my list! I am making up for lost time since I had no insurance for almost 4 years. Hopefully the most unpleasant tests are behind me!
 

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I wish I could say that I don't have anything left on my list! I am making up for lost time since I had no insurance for almost 4 years. Hopefully the most unpleasant tests are behind me!
Yep, me too! lol! I still need a sleep study and a bone density scan, but those oughta be much less invasive, right?!!! :D :D :D I just need to get 'em scheduled.
 

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Yep, me too! lol! I still need a sleep study and a bone density scan, but those oughta be much less invasive, right?!!! :D :D :D I just need to get 'em scheduled.
I had a sleep study done last September and it was a little annoying. They put some type of electrodes on your scalp and put them on with some type of goo and it was really hard to wash out. The sleep number bed that they had was great to sleep on though. No one has mentioned the bone density scan yet. Might as well get these things done when you have the insurance and time.
 

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Hey Breeze :) Good news on the normal EKG so thats a sigh of relief :D
 

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I had a sleep study done last September and it was a little annoying. They put some type of electrodes on your scalp and put them on with some type of goo and it was really hard to wash out. The sleep number bed that they had was great to sleep on though. No one has mentioned the bone density scan yet. Might as well get these things done when you have the insurance and time.
I just wonder how it would be for me to have a sleep study. I have a hard time falling asleep in my own bed much less knowing I was hooked up to electrodes and someone was there monitoring me.
 

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Hey Breeze :) Good news on the normal EKG so thats a sigh of relief :D
Yes it was! I am hoping that the nuclear pictures that were taken will be normal as well. I have a history of asthma and it has been sitting dormant for several years and it might be causing the shortness of breath and maybe getting back on a couple of inhalers will help out. I would take the asthma over heart disease anyday.:)
 

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I just wonder how it would be for me to have a sleep study. I have a hard time falling asleep in my own bed much less knowing I was hooked up to electrodes and someone was there monitoring me.
Jason, they will give you sleep medication. They want you to sleep. You would have your own room and there is a microphone and speakers in the rooms so the techs can talk to you if necessary. I slept the entire night. They gave me 30MG of Restoril. I now take 60MG of that every night. I also take some herbs such as Lemon Balm, Passion Flower and Skullcap and Valerian Root and Triple strength Melatonin.
 

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Stress Test Results

Good news! My stress test was normal! What a relief. Will be starting on Advair & Pro-Air inhalers. Shortness of breath is probably asthma related.
 

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