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Well, it sounds like the thallium will do the job in finding a reduced blood flow, if any is present. I am 27 years old but have had a cholestorol of 358 since I was born. I have been experiencing some left arm numbness so the doc decided to run one on me. My Grandpa died at 28 of a heart attack so they want to be on the safe side. I can't take statins right now because I'm trying to have at least 1 more child. I just want to make sure nothing is getting blocked as of right now.

EKG and chest x-rays are fine. Thanks for your information and if you have any real life stories on this thallium, as determining reduced bloodflow, please share.

Thanks!
[QUOTE=0603david]Well, it sounds like the thallium will do the job in finding a reduced blood flow, if any is present. I am 27 years old but have had a cholestorol of 358 since I was born. I have been experiencing some left arm numbness so the doc decided to run one on me. My Grandpa died at 28 of a heart attack so they want to be on the safe side. I can't take statins right now because I'm trying to have at least 1 more child. I just want to make sure nothing is getting blocked as of right now.

EKG and chest x-rays are fine. Thanks for your information and if you have any real life stories on this thallium, as determining reduced bloodflow, please share.

Thanks![/QUOTE]
You need to be clear on your objectives and what you hope to rule out by the test. It would take a significant blockage (stenosis) for a SPECT scan (traditional thalium stress test) to pick this up. I am not at all discouraging the test. They serve a usefull purpose. You must, however, be clear as to what you expect to find out from the test. If they find any abnormality, they would likely consider an angio cath, which would tell you conclusively what the status of your arteries are.

I offer the following only as information that may or may not be relevant to you or others. I am friends with a 50 year old female that had a thalium stress test in March of 2003. She was admitted to the ER last saturday and ultimately found to have a 95% block requiring two stents. Since stenosis does take some time to develop, it is likely there was some level of stenosis existant when she had the thalium stress test. Whether it was detected or not I don't know but if it was, they did not inform her of it at that time.

A thalium stress is a reasonable first test. Of ocurse your Dr should be able to best inform you of the reasonable expectations related to the results.





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