Do you need a nuclear stress test or CT scan after a heart procedure?
If you’ve had bypass surgery or a stent inserted to open a blocked artery in your heart, you may wonder if you need regular imaging tests to see how well your treatment is working. Imaging tests take pictures of your heart. Ultra-sound and echocardiography tests take pictures using sound waves. Coronary CT scans use x-rays to take pictures. And nuclear stress tests use a small amount of a radioactive substance to get pictures. If you don’t have symptoms of heart disease, you usually don’t need any of these tests. Here’s why: