FAA Medical Certification
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
What is an IV Persantine-Thallium
This test is an alternative procedure
for patients with coronary artery disease who can not exercise on a
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
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
Electrodes will be placed on the chest
so that the heart rate and rhythm will be monitored by an electrocardiogram
A special camera takes pictures of the
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
This test must be ordered by the
Why is a Persantine Stress
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
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
he is allergic to Theophylline or
he has asthma, chronic lung
disease or any heart conditions
Do not apply lotions, oils or powders
to the chest area.
Contact us at
800-699-4457 to confidentially discuss any FAA medical certification issue.