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Nuclear stress test can detect more than blockages
Date:7/14/2008

ly detecting diastolic dysfunction in patients who were already sick, whose hearts were weak and barely pumping."

"In other words, the test only picked up patients who had diastolic and systolic dysfunction," he says. "But now, we can use the diastolic filling curve on a nuclear stress test to diagnose patients with diastolic dysfunction who have normally squeezing hearts."

You can be in great physical shape and still have diastolic dysfunction, says Dr. Patel. "We can prevent heart failure before you start complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath."


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Contact: Amy Connell
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Medical College of Georgia
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