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What are the effects of nicotine on nuclear stress test?

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Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2015
Question: affects of nicotine on nuclear stress test
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Answered by Dr. Matt Wachsman (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Doesn't help....

Detailed Answer:
It's actually quite complex since the acetylcholine that nicotine mimics controls/changes/modulates just about every physiological process.
It causes vasoconstriction and raises blood pressure which causes increased acute strain on the heart and blood vessels and acts as a mild stress test by itself.
It increases alertness, motivation and enhances motivation to do stress tests.. but you don't do as well on them...you can't do as much of a stress test if you are exposed to nicotine
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/0000

this isn't relevant to a nuclear one in which motivation does not apply.
Mostly, it would tend to increase ischemia.

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What are the effects of nicotine on nuclear stress test?

Brief Answer: Doesn't help.... Detailed Answer: It's actually quite complex since the acetylcholine that nicotine mimics controls/changes/modulates just about every physiological process. It causes vasoconstriction and raises blood pressure which causes increased acute strain on the heart and blood vessels and acts as a mild stress test by itself. It increases alertness, motivation and enhances motivation to do stress tests.. but you don't do as well on them...you can't do as much of a stress test if you are exposed to nicotine http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/0000 this isn't relevant to a nuclear one in which motivation does not apply. Mostly, it would tend to increase ischemia.