Stress Management

Persantine Stress Test


Persantine stress test is used to detect heart complications, particularly coronary artery disease. This test is a perfect substitute to exercise based stress test. In certain cases, such as arthritis and exercise intolerance, stress test on treadmill is not feasible, persantine and thalium are used to bring in the same result in blood circulation as brought by exercises. To know more about stress test, read.

First of all Persantine is injected intravenously that helps expand the coronary arteries, resulting in increased blood flow. Thallium that is also injected, works as a tracer and it could be detected by X-rays and shows the parts of the heart muscle receiving enough oxygen. Intake of Persantine may result in temporary headache and dizziness. Monitoring procedure is similar to that of stress test as electrodes are placed on the chest, to monitor heart rate and rhythm with the help of electrocardiogram (EKG). Camera is used to take pictures of heart. The test accomplishes in two stages.

Before going for the test, patient must not eat or drink for at least four hours. Caffeine consumption should be stopped for at least five hours before the test. Diabetics and other patient must seek prior confirmation from cardiologist about the consumption of medicine during the Persantine stress test period. Those people who are allergic to Persantine, must go for some other alternative rather than undergoing Persantine stress test.

Although symptoms of stress on heart could be noticed in the form of short breaths and consistent high blood pressure. Any kind of stress can cause stress for heart. Anxiety and stress have been found to be one of the important causes of heart disorders. In lieu of stress reduction, if you consume anti-depressants for stress relief, it may also adversely affect heart. Coping with stress is difficult for heart patients, so they must be disseminated stress management tips and certain stress management techniques.