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Is nuclear stress test advisable for a person with MVP?

I have MVP, just had an echo test done and it came back as mild/moderate and cardiologist said it was fine. Listened to my heart, said it didn t sound bad. Ordered a stress test on the treadmill as a baseline since I had never had one. I am am EXTREMELY anxious person and my PCP is watching my BP to detemine if I need medication. In an dr office, BP is 160/90 but at home, it is anywhere from 112/74 to 140/ 80, depending on how anxious I am that day. No heart issues, no pain, no shortness of breath. I run 2-3 miles at a time, or walk 3 miles 5-6 days a week. Don t run or walk many hills and so the treadmill test with the incline was a bit of a challenge but I did fine. After it was over, the tech said there was some questionable areas showing a possibility that blood flow was restricted in some areas but it was unclear so the dr looked and wants to do a nuclear stress test. I am freaking out! This all started as a simple echo test since I hadnt had one in years and then a baseline stress test. I feel things are getting out of hand and moving too fast. I don t like the idea of radioactive material injected in me and I don t like the idea of more test which could lead to more procedures and possible surgeries. I am a 61 year old woman, who exercises most days, eats healthy, trying to lose 10-15 pounds to be at a better weight and no other issues but the anxiety induced BP issues sometimes. Your thoughts on the nuclear tests please? Thank you.
Fri, 14 Feb 2020
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Hello,

As per my clinical experience, the nuclear stress test with a mitral valve prolapse can be taken without any stress or panic. For the blood pressure control in your doc office, take help of meditations and YOGA for anxiety control which will provide best results.

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

Regards,
Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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Is nuclear stress test advisable for a person with MVP?

Hello, As per my clinical experience, the nuclear stress test with a mitral valve prolapse can be taken without any stress or panic. For the blood pressure control in your doc office, take help of meditations and YOGA for anxiety control which will provide best results. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon