How bad does it really feel to have a chemically-induced stress test?
March 23, 2009 7:33 PM Subscribe
How bad does it really feel to have a chemically-induced stress test? Concerned about the "feeling of impending doom" associated with the administration of adenosine.
posted by IndigoRain to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
A friend of mine recently had a treadmill stress test with thallium that, while the cardiologist present at the test said looked fine, the family doctor didn't like the results of. Since she just had surgery and can not run on the treadmill, now they've scheduled her for a chemically-induced stress test.
They'll be using adenosine to speed up her heart. The thing is, we've read online that for 2-10 seconds after being injected with adenosine intravenously, there is a sensation of "impending doom," or feeling like you're about to die. However, we've also read that the adenosine is pushed in over 4 minutes... does the impending doom feeling happen every time they push more medication in? My friend already has a severe anxiety disorder for which she takes Xanax, and she's really nervous about this effect of adenosine.
Those of you who have had it, how bad is it and how fast do the effects wear off? Is it worse than a panic attack? At the end of the stress test, will they give her something to counteract the adenosine, or will they just let it filter through her system?