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The Persantine Cardiolite Test evaluates the adequacy of blood supply to the heart muscle. The heart muscle receives blood from vessels called coronary arteries. If these arteries become partially blocked or narrowed, the heart muscle may not receive the blood it needs to function properly. This narrowing of coronary arteries is called coronary artery disease (CAD).
With CAD, the heart muscle may not receive sufficient blood supply when under stress, which may result in chest pain called angina or other symptoms, or may not produce any outward physical signs of the problem. A Persantine Cardiolite Test is useful in detecting the presence of CAD.