873804 tn?1242602708

stress test

i had a stress test today... chemical. It made me feel like someone dropped a truck on my chest and i was so short of breath that i could not speak. she gave me the antidote shot.... is this normal?
2 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
592969 tn?1248325405
You had an reaction to the chemical.  It happened to my mom also.  It is very scary when it does happen.  Were they able to get any information on the stress test?  
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
I had my first chemical stress test yesterday and I know how you felt.  My main reaction was feeling like my throat had completely closed off and I couldn't get air in.  I was terrified!  The nurses never prepared me to feel that extreme.  They said "some get short of breath".  Talk about understatement!!  My doctor was right there in the room with me and kept telling me that it was very normal and that my pressure, pulse and ekg were great.  That 4 minutes during the injection seemed to be a lifetime.  I know from talking to other people that the reactions do vary. Some do just feel a racing heart and others, like us, feel so much more.  The nurse told me that they are only concerned that the symptoms subside right away when they stop injecting the chemicals.  Did they?  Mine were gone within about a minute or so. Not to say that the emotional reaction was gone that soon. Hope this helps ease your mind a bit.
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Heart Disease Community

Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619 tn?1538180937
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417 tn?1506080564
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Is a low-fat diet really that heart healthy after all? James D. Nicolantonio, PharmD, urges us to reconsider decades-long dietary guidelines.
Can depression and anxiety cause heart disease? Get the facts in this Missouri Medicine report.
Fish oil, folic acid, vitamin C. Find out if these supplements are heart-healthy or overhyped.
Learn what happens before, during and after a heart attack occurs.
What are the pros and cons of taking fish oil for heart health? Find out in this article from Missouri Medicine.
How to lower your heart attack risk.