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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Exercise and Fitness
Stress test with IV fluid
My cardialogist has suggested that I have a stress test, I agreed. But, this test take 4 hours and I will have an IV with some chemical that will pass through my heart, and body, to see exactly if my heart is pumping blood properly. I don`t like this. I just don`t want that much chemical in my body. I have albinism and i think I am sensitive to too much chemicals. Does this chemical come in lesser or stronger doses? Is it the same chemical I had injected when I had a CAT scan of my head? My doctor says it attached to red blood cells. What are the side effect? this stuff cant be that safe. Is there another way to see if/how the blood is flowing through my heart valves. I dont want to do this simply because it is a chemical that I will have to take for 4 hours. Thank you.
Your question should be addressed to your cardiologist. He or she can direct you to appropriate resources to provide education on stress tests.
Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati