Turbo's Heart Goes Nucular
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (2006)
I'm preparing to go nucular.
I visited a cardiologist yesterday for the first time. It was a Christmas gift to ma mere, who, because of family history, had suggested I go see a heart doctor for a comprehensive heart work up.
Merry Christmas, Mom.
The doctor suggested I get a nuclear stress test -- also known as an isotope stress test, a Cardiolite stress test, and a garden variety of other names.
Here's the point: During exercise, healthy coronary arteries dilate more than an artery that has blockage, which causes more blood to be delivered to heart muscle supplied by the normal artery.
In contrast, one's narrowed arteries supply a reduced blood flow, causing the involved muscle to "starve" during exercise.
A "perfusion tracer" (the nuclear isotope) that is intravenously injected will travel to the heart muscle via blood flow, and then be extracted by the heart muscle in proportion to the flow of blood.
This allows the cardiologist to get ~90% accurate read on any blockage on one's coronary blood flow.
Pretty cool, huh? (And many thanks to heartsite.com for the overnight nucular cardio quiz education).
I'm assured by my cardiologist that I won't glow afterwards.
If I do end up shining like the Rockefeller Center holiday tree, that's okay, as I live right down the street from Austin's "Trail of Lights" celebration and will fit right in.
Hee hee hee: The Trail of Lights is sponsored by Dell.