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    shadow on stress test
    chelly2kewl posted:
    Question - how common is it that a shadow of the breast distorts the view of the camera images of the heart when you have a nuclear cardiology study?
    James_Beckerman_MD responded:
    Depending on breast size and positioning, it actually occurs pretty frequently!
    CardiostarUSA1 responded:
    Hi: It's reported (in various medical literature and media reports) as being more common than one would think, that is, particularly in women (pertains to men as well) with large breasts, or dense breast tissue. The shadow typically occurs over a front (anterior) area of the heart wall, and is an attenuation, or artifact, and is not related to cardiac/myocardial ischemia (an inadequate amount of blood flow going to an area of the heart muscle). Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctors. Take care, CardioStar☆ WebMD community member (8/99) - - ☒Patient resources b HeartSite ☞Heart info, cardiac tests (commonly performed, mainstream types) info, actual diagnostic images. . It's your there. :-) . . b ☛WebMD/WebMD message boards does not provide medical advice diagnosis, or treatment.

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