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What are the risk of having a nuclear stress test while in atrial fibrillation?
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An_252167 posted:
Risk of having a nuclear stress test with atrial fibrillation
My husband is in Atrial Fib and is on coumadin he was to have a cardiovversion after 4 weeks of INR of 2-3 but his cardiologist was out of town so it wasn't done and now he has to wait another 4 weeks. In the meantime his doctor has ordered a nuclear stress test. Should the stress test be postponed until after the cardioversion. What are the risks if he has the stress test with his heart out of rhythm?
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James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
It is possible that his heart rate could become more elevated with exercise, but this risk is not specific to the stress test itself.


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