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tryingmybest, November 18,  2020  2:11pm EST

Lexiscan Nuclear Stress Test

I was hoping to get some feedback from others who have had a lexiscan stress test done - what was your experience?

My father goes in for his tomorrow morning and I have some reservations only because there's not much left they are able to do for him besides possibly changing his medications. So is this more something that will help them understand where he's at and grow their knowledge as doctors? I made a mistake and read a few things about it on the internet today which scared the **** out of me. That along with them moving his from a clinic to a hospital so it can be performed in a hospital setting kind of freaked me out.

I know I need to trust his doctors but given that he's 81, has trouble breathing with mild activity and has a very weak heart, it just has me worried especially if there's really nothing for him to gain from doing it.

One doctor mentioned the procedure itself can help with valves that are having a hard time operating correctly (???) - ever heard of that?

Thanks in advance!

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, November 19,  2020  9:16am EST

    Good morning, 

    I think, based on your post, the Lexiscan stress test is probably happening this morning, so I apologize for this late answer. There are lots of different tests cardiologists perform to diagnose issues. Basic exercise stress tests are for people who and manage physical activity. There are also tests for those who can not. I looked up lexiscan stress test and it appears that Lexiscan is the brand drug used in tests in situations where people can not perform the actual exercise. 

    I know how hard it can be to step back and trust his medical team and your family is on my mind this morning. One thought for the future, if you a drug question, pharmacist are great resources as understanding drugs and side effects are their jobs. 

    Once you know your father's diagnosis, please let us know and we can support your family through this time. 
    Best Katie

  • tryingmybest
    tryingmybest, November 19,  2020  11:58am EST

    Good morning, it's been a rough morning. My father arrived at our house (I was going to dop him off and pick him up for the appointment) and he was very very weak. I did not like the way he was looking and was already nervous about this test being done so I messaged my sister who is a nurse in another state. She made it very clear she thought it was a bad idea to perform the test. So, 20 minutes before the appointment was supposed to begin, I cancelled it. Now I'm struggling with whether that was the right call.

    I made multiple phone calls to his doctors but no nurses were on call to answer any of my questions, so I was only able to speak to what I assume is a receptionist and she told me she would cancel if she was me. When his cardiologist's nurse found out about it, she was very disappointed. She says that the stress test would tell us if there was a blockage in the artery that is causing his symptoms and if there is they could do a cardiac catheterization to help his symptoms. Meanwhile my sister is saying he's too weak for that and he can't have the dye for it because of his stage 4 kidney disease. I have no idea what the right answers are here or how to best help my dad. I do know that he is most likely never going to want to do the stress test again so I probably ruined any chance of that happening.

    How do caregivers stay strong and not beat themselves up about these things and whether you're advocating the right way for your loved one? I am completely defeated today.

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, November 20,  2020  12:06pm EST

    Yestuday sounds like it was a huge challenge for your family. I am so sorry. Caregiving is really hard and you can only make the best choice, with the information you have at that moment.Feeling defeating is normal, I felt that way with my Mom and Dad A-LOT. In the end, you are truly doing the best you can. Best Katie

  • tryingmybest
    tryingmybest, November 20,  2020  12:29pm EST

    Katie thank you so much, it helps to know others have walked the path and it's normal to feel this way from time to time. I appreciate that.

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, November 21,  2020  9:30am EST

    These decisions are always tough. My family and I had the same struggles with my own father years ago. We didn't always agree and in hindsight I still question whether or not we made some of the right choices. I've always thought it is important to listen to those you trust. I am very trusting of my own cardiologist and I always listen to her advice. I'm sure you trust your sister but I also think you have to trust your father's cardiologist or find one you can trust. If you do, let them give you a detailed consultation so you can make the right decision. Tell them of all your concerns and what you think the consequences might be of any procedures. If you have all the right information, you'll feel better about your decisions and his care.

    All the best to you and your family!


  • tryingmybest
    tryingmybest, November 23,  2020  12:53pm EST

    Jim -- that is so well put and you are absolutely right that at the end of the day it comes down to trusting the Cardiologist. I think having more thorough conversations ahead of these tests would be very beneficial so everyone knows what to expect. We will see what the cardiologist says on Wednesday - currently my dad is having some really awful and frightening symptoms but he refuses to go to the ER. He says he wants to wait until the wednesday appointment. Never a dull moment in this house... just trying to keep it together.

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