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Is it safe to take nuclear stress test in condition of bad mitral valve prolapse?

Hello Doctors, I am a 48 year old male with 20 plus years of a heart that throws off PVCs and I have a bad Mitral Valve Prolapse. The VA Doctors want me to take a nuclear stress test- I never did it. I am scared that the VA doctors couldn t help me out if I went into sudden Card arrest. They have no qualified surgeons and facilities on hand. Should I ask them to voucher me out to a hospital that knows what they are doing and have complete services to help in event I have problems. I am really scared. Marty Walker YYYY@YYYY
Mon, 6 May 2019
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But you should know that the probability of sudden cardiac arrest is very low, even in the case of mitral prolapse. And when a doctor see a dangerous arrhythmia, he or she stops the tests before developing life-threatening arrhythmias.

And in the worst case, even if they couldn't stop the test before it, all the exam rooms are equipped with necessary devices for resuscitation. So chances are extremely low with the bad outcome.

And if the physician performing the test is experienced, I would advise you to undergo the test in that hospital, even if they have no cardiac surgery.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Lilit Baghdasaryan, Cardiologist
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