Our Nuclear Medicine department ofers us the ability to evaluate the blood flow to your heart, as well as the performance of the heart muscle.  In conjunction with either a treadmill or chemical stress test, these tests give us valuable information that helps to diagnose and evaluate any potential blockages of your coronary arteries  During a nuclear stress test you will have an IV placed in your vein to allow administration of a small amount of nuclear tracer material.  The test will take several hours to complete.  These tests are done in the fasting state, so we ask that you not eat after midnight prior to your test.  Your doctor may also order a gated heart scan to evaluate the pumping strenth of your heart.