What is a nuclear heart scan for people with diabetes?

People with diabetes have a higher-than-average risk of having a heart attack or stroke. These strike people with diabetes more than twice as often as people without diabetes. A nuclear heart scan, also called a SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) scan, uses small amounts of radioactive material to check heart function, either while the body is at rest or during exercise. This test also can check the blood vessels that go to the brain.

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