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During the performance of the stress test, a physician or cardiac nurse will monitor you closely including checking your pulse, blood pressure, and electrocardiogram (ECG). We take all precautions to ensure your safety. Nevertheless, there exists the possibility of certain untoward events during the test, including disorders of the heart beat, heart attack, cardiac arrest, and death during the cardiac stress test.
There is a discomfort in putting in the needle that will be used to introduce the radioisotope into the vein and there is a very small risk of bleeding from the venipuncture site.
The amount of radiation your body will receive is about six times the exposure from natural radiation in the environment in one year. The nuclear cardiac stress test is a frequently performed standard study that has been used for more than 20 years.
If you have any additional questions later, any of the Stanford Nuclear Medicine faculty can be reached at 650-725-4711 and will be happy to answer your questions.