Lexiscan fatal/non-fatal events


Hi everyone. Just was reading a closed topic re Lexiscan on this site. Since some posts were pretty old and there have been some after-market fatalities/serious events occurrences, just wondering what some of you have witnessed, and what are your thoughts re safety now?

dianah, ADN

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Still use it almost exclusively when a chemical agent is needed.

Sometimes use Dobutamine.

RN carefully screens each patient before the test.

I found this, from 2013:

FDA warns of rare but serious risk of heart attack and death with cardiac nuclear stress test drugs Lexiscan (regadenoson) and Adenoscan (adenosine)

Seeing the above, still, common sense tells me that, working in the Stress Lab and performing this provocative test on people having angina or an angina equivalent, we *may* see some MIs occur in the area, with or without Lexiscan.

And, to be alert for possible increase risk of such with its use.

but now I need to touch base with the RN in the Stress Lab. :)

Thanks for the reminder, always want to provide as safe and as informative a test as possible for our patients!