Dr. Saks explains what a nuclear stress test is and what a patient can expect.
A nuclear stress test is a test that gives us a lot of information about the heart. Typically, a patient will exercise on a treadmill hooked up to an EKG machine and a blood pressure cuff, and we get a lot of information just on that based on how the blood pressure and heart rate respond to exercise. But before and after the person exercises on the treadmill, we inject some medicine through a little IV in the hand, and the patient lies on a table and a camera comes around and takes a picture of the heart, and we get a lot of blood flow information about the heart based on that test, and it tells us if the heart has a blockage in it or not.
About Dr. Saks, D.O.:
Dr. Shani S. Saks joined the Arizona Heart Institute in September 2005, following a three-year invasive cardiology fellowship at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Saks completed her undergraduate and Master of Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she graduated Cum Laude. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Saks continued her medical education by completing an internal medicine residency at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, where she served as Chief Medicine Resident. Dr. Saks is a Certified Internist by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. Due to significant and premature heart disease in her own family, Dr. Saks has a strong commitment to patient education, reducing risk of heart disease, preventative medicine and women’s health. Dr. Saks provides services at the Arizona Heart Institute location in central Phoenix.
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