Any side effects from Nuclear Stress test

Just wondering if anything negative happened after the test or any side effects. Thanks in advance.

Report post

6 replies. Join the discussion

Hi doglover894 - It's been my experience that the worst part of a nuclear stress test is when they speed up your heart with drugs. It's like having a heart attack all over again.

But once I get through with the test itself, the only after effect I've experienced is a headache. Good luck!


Report post

I had the nuclear stress test and no side effects at all.
Good luck to you.

Report post

I had it also but had very bad effect from the radioactive isotopes. But everyone is different. It is supposed to be a very good test.

Report post

I've had different IV solutions to speed up my heart and have never had a reaction after the test, not even a headache. My doctors no longer used Thallium, which did cause an adverse reaction in certain people. They use Cardiolite and adenosine.

There are other types of chemicals used to speed up the heart. The most reactions I've had were during the test, chest pain and tightness in the chin. However, my doctor now has me sit up and move my legs and squeeze rubber balls when the pain, tightness starts. He said it's safer than walking on a treadmill and easier on the patient than lying still on the table during the stress part.

Nothing to be afraid of - although hunger might get the best of you if done in one day. Two days, not so much. :)

Here's a site that tells about all kinds of stress tests:

Report post

Oh and I drive myself to and from the office for the test. You may want to take someone along the first time you have one though. I've had one every year for the past 9 yrs.

Report post

no, except mine had a "false postive" which let to my first heart cath--left sided only which was normal. I've had an allergic reaction with a ct contrast, (different than what they use for your test.)

Report post

This discussion is closed to replies. We close all discussions after 90 days.

If there's something you'd like to discuss, click below to start a new discussion.

Things you can do

Support WomenHeart

Help WomenHeart reach its goals and support people like yourself by making a donation today.

Donate to  WomenHeart

Discussion topics

Heart health links and resources

The SCAD Ladies Stand Up -- Read the special report

Community leaders


The information provided by this online support network through WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and Inspire is for general informational purposes only. The information is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. If you are ill, or suspect that you are ill, see a doctor immediately. In an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease never recommends or endorses any specific physicians, products or treatments for any condition.