Heart and Vascular

Know your heart's performance with a thallium stress test

If your heart is showing signs that it’s not beating as it should, a thallium stress test can reveal what’s wrong. Also known as a nuclear stress test or cardiac stress test, this minimally invasive procedure provides an in-depth look at your heart’s blood performance – specifically how blood is flowing through your heart during periods of rest and exercise.

To provide the communities we serve with comprehensive heart diagnostic services, Goshen Heart & Vascular Center offers thallium stress testing in Goshen, IN. Talk to your primary care provider about getting a heart screening with us. If you don’t have a primary care provider, call (877) 566-4660 for a referral.

Do I need a thallium stress test?

The results from your thallium stress test will help your care team diagnose, treat and manage a heart and vascular condition.

You may need a thallium stress test if:

  • You can’t maintain a high level of intensity during exercise
  • You are experiencing chest pain or arrhythmia
  • Your doctor needs to evaluate a previous heart treatment
  • You recently had a stent

Your doctor may use a nuclear stress test along with another heart screening to get a complete snapshot of your heart health.

Getting a nuclear stress test at Goshen Heart & Vascular Center

The procedure can take up to four hours to complete. It begins with the placement of an IV that administers the thallium dye. After a 45-minute waiting period, the technician will perform a heart scan and then have you walk on a treadmill or use a stationary bike. Instead of physically exercising, you may be given a medicine that simulates the effects of vigorous exercise. Then, you’ll receive a final dose of thallium and a second heart scan.

Some people experience flushing, chest discomfort, palpitations and breathlessness during the test. Talk to your technician about ways to make your experience comfortable.

We can help

Want to know how your heart’s doing? Ask your doctor about a thallium stress test at Goshen Heart & Vascular Center. Call (877) 566-4660 to learn more.

Goshen Heart & Vascular Center offers a full range of heart diagnostic services, including thallium stress testing, in Goshen, IN.