- Your physician will explain the procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure.
- You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your permission to do the test. Read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear.
- Generally, no prior preparation, such as fasting or sedation, is required. In some cases, smoking cigarettes may be restricted two or three hours before testing.
- If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your physician.
- Notify your physician of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements that you are taking.
- Notify the technologist or physician if you are allergic to or sensitive to medications, local anesthesia, contrast dyes, iodine, or latex.
- Notify your physician if you have a pacemaker.
- Based upon your medical condition, your physician may request other specific preparation.
Peem Lorvidhaya, MD
- clinical cardiac electrophysiology
Location and Office HoursRhode Island Cardiology Center
East Providence, RI 02914
- BC/BS of Rhode Island
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Rhode Island Hospital
- The Miriam Hospital
What happens before a resting radionuclide angiogram (RNA)?
Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredA resting radionuclide angiogram (RNA) is a type of nuclear medicine procedure that evaluates the heart's chambers in motion. Before the procedure:
How can I get more heart-healthy foods in my diet?
While there's no shortage of tasty, heart-healthy foods, it can still be a challenge to fit them into your diet on a daily basis. According to Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet and nutrition advisor at Golden Door fitness resort and spa in Escondido, California, it's well worth the effort, and simple strategies can make it easier. "Nutritious food is our best defense when it comes to health, and one of the very few parts of our world we can control," she says. "You can't change your age or your genes, but you can make positive, delicious, and health-enhancing choices around food. It's not an all-or-nothing proposition. Small steps and strategies do add up. Eat a fruit and veggie at every meal, an herb and/or a spice at every meal, and a soup and/or a salad at every meal."
When it comes to eating well, do it bite by bite, meal by meal. Don't sweat a less than healthy choice now and then. Just make sure more of your food choices are healthy -- versus unhealthy.
What will happen if I don't treat my heart valve disease?
Heart valve disease is not a condition that should be ignored when treatment is recommended. In fact, when a person’s aortic stenosis becomes severe, the average survival rate without surgical intervention is only 50% after two years and only 20% after five years.
Evidence is also clear that with proper treatment, most people enjoy a return to good health and add many years to their life.
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