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IV Persantine-Thallium Stress Test (IVP)

This is an alternative procedure which may be accepted by the FAA for patients who can not exercise on a treadmill.  Contact Pilot Medical Solutions to discuss the criteria for this option.

What is an IV Persantine-Thallium Stress Test?

  • This test is an alternative procedure for patients with coronary artery disease who can not exercise on a treadmill.

  • An IV line is started to administer the persantine and the thallium.

  • Persantine helps to expand the coronary arteries increasing the blood flow to the area. This effect is similar to what happens during vigorous exercise.

  • Thallium (a radioactive isotope) is detected by X-rays and shows which parts of the heart muscle are receiving enough oxygen.

  • Side effects of thallium are rare and may include rashes or low blood pressure.

  • Possible temporary side effects of Persantine may include: headache, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, chest discomfort.

  • Electrodes will be placed on the chest so that the heart rate and rhythm will be monitored by an electrocardiogram (EKG).

  • A special camera takes pictures of the heart.

  • This test is usually administered in 2 phases with each phase lasting 30-60 minutes. The patient may be required to return the following day to complete the second phase.

  • The phase of this test takes about 60 minutes.

  • This test must be ordered by the doctor.

Why is a Persantine Stress Performed?

  • This test will help the doctor to evaluate the patient's cardiac condition related to:

    • Irregular heart rhythms

    • Which areas of the heart are not getting enough blood and oxygen.

    • How quickly the heart recovers after exercise.

What Preparation is Needed?

  • Nothing to eat or drink for 3 hours prior to the test.

  • Do not smoke or drink caffeine for at least 6 hours prior to the test.

  • It is important for the patient to ask his doctor:

    • how to adjust his insulin and food intake prior to the test if he is a diabetic

    • if he should take his regular medications the morning of the test.

    • if he is on a Beta Blocker, can he STOP taking this medication 72 hours before the test as this is recommended for best results

  • If the patient is taking aminophylline or theodur, he must discontinue it for 48-72 hours prior to the test.

  • The patient must notify his physician if:

    • he is allergic to Theophylline or Persantine

    • he has asthma, chronic lung disease or any heart conditions

  • Do not apply lotions, oils or powders to the chest area.

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