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Myoview Stress Test

  Two weeks ago I woke up with shortness of breath lasting 5-10 mins followed
  by chills for an hour.  I went to the dr that afternoon, ecg was abnormal.
  Had blood work, x-ray and echo.  All showed normal.  Dr is now requesting
  a myoview stress test (I am 6'3", 180, 30 yr old male).  I have no history of
  heart problems other than a murmur once dx as mvp (per dr I saw it is not
  mvp as the criteria for dx has changed in the past 5 years).  I have never
  experienced the symptoms above before and I am feeling pretty good now.  I
  do not smoke, drink...etc..etc.  I used to exercise regularly, but not in
  the past year.  I have recently been under a great deal of stress.
  The test is not scheduled for another 2 weeks.
  Should I be questioning why we're going right to the nuclear stress test
  instead of the regular stress test?  Dr states he wants to rule out CAD.
  Is this mainly for accuracy purposes?  Also, how does height/weight play
  into deciding whether a thallium or myoview test is done?
Dear Keith,
Thank you for your question.  While I can't comment on specific treatment plans I can tell you that many physicians order only thallium exercise tests due to the higher accuracy of these tests.  There is no increase in side effects and the only draw-back is the increased cost.  If you are concerned about this test you should discuss it with your doctor before going for the test.
I hope you find this information useful.  Information provided in the heart forum is for general purposes only.  Only your physician can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.  Please feel free to write back with additional questions.
If you would like to make an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, please call 1-800-CCF-CARE or inquire online by using the Heart Center website at www.ccf.org/heartcenter.  The Heart Center website contains a directory of the cardiology staff that can be used to select the physician best suited to address your cardiac problem.

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