Myocardial Perfusion patient information sheet
You have been scheduled for a Myocardial Perfusion scan or Lexiscan Myocardial Perfusion scan.
Please stop all food and drink (6) hours prior to your appointment time, with the exception of water. Sips of water may be taken with medication(s).
Do not take Excedrin, Anacin, caffeine tablets, or other caffeine-containing medications for 24
hours prior to your appointment time.
If you are using insulin, we recommend that you take one-half (1/2) of your usual morning dose of long-acting insulin and follow the above dietary instructions. If you use oral medication(s) for diabetes, we recommend that you omit them on the morning of the scan and follow the above dietary instructions.
Please allow approximately 2 hours to accomplish the scan.
Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing: shorts, or pants and a shirt. In addition, wear comfortable shoes such as tennis shoes or walking shoes for walking on the treadmill. Do not use body lotions or oils on the chest or arms that day.
If you are taking medication that contains Aminophylline, Theophylline, Persantine, or Aggrenox. Please stop taking this medication for 24 hours prior to your appointment time.
Our staff will be contacting you 24-48 hours prior to the test, to go over these instructions and your medications with you. If you have any questions, please call our office (805) 540-3333 PREMIER HEART CARE
3231 South Higuera • San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401 • (805) 540-3333 Fax (805) 540-3344 Myocardial Perfusion procedure information
Your physician has requested that you have a myocardial perfusion scan to evaluate the blood supply to your heart muscle. By injecting very small amounts of a radioisotope through an IV in the arm or hand, we are able to determine whether areas of your heart muscle are receiving adequate blood supply. This is a noninvasive way to help your physician determine the best course of treatment for you.
The level of radiation you will be exposed to is similar to that of a chest CT scan, but no “dye” is used for this test. Patients who are unable to exercise on a treadmill will receive a medication called Adenosine or Lexiscan through an intravenous line. This may cause some temporary flushing, headache, shortness of breath, or chest discomfort. You will feel back to normal shortly after the medication infusion is complete.
1. The first will look at your heart during a “resting” state.
2. The second picture will look at your heart after “stress”.
These two pictures will take 10 to 15 minutes each. The chair you are sitting in for the scan will rotate. We will make sure you are as comfortable as possible, as it is necessary to stay motionless during the imaging.
If your questions have not been answered in this summary, please discuss them with the technologist on the day of your exam.
You can always call our office and speak to our staff if you have more questions or concerns.
3231 South Higuera • San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401 • (805) 540-3333 Fax (805) 540-3344



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