Myocardial perfusion imaging is a test that uses a low dose of a radioactive agent to evaluate the blood flow and function of the heart. This scan is done in conjunction with a cardiac stress test a diagnostic test in which a person walks on a treadmill or pedals (a stationary bicycle) while hooked up to equipment that monitors the heart. The test monitors heart rate breathing blood pressure electrical activity (on an electrocardiogram) and the person's level of tiredness. It shows if the heart's blood supply is sufficient and if the heart rhythm is normal.
A stress test can detect the following problems:
- Abnormal changes in heart rate or blood pressure
- Symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain
- Abnormal changes in the heart's rhythm or electrical activity