Many of us have had to undergo a nuclear stress test for medical purposes. Whether for high blood pressure, irregular heart beat or for chest pains, we get a small amount of radioactive solution injected through an IV. As the nuclear material travels through our veins, a technician follows the radioactive tracer through our veins to our heart.
Before they inject the nuclear solution into your veins, they tell you that it a very low dose of radiation and that it is perfectly safe. It’s supposed to be no more dangerous than having a couple of x-rays taken in one day. Perhaps the amount of radiation used in nuclear stress tests is not as little or safe as we are told.
Just ask forty-two year old Mike Apatow of Milford, Connecticut. Apatow is a firefighter who recently experienced an increase in his blood pressure was sent by his doctor to have a nuclear stress performed. He showed up at the testing center in the morning and underwent the test to help the doctor try to determine what was causing his sudden high blood pressure.
Later that day, Apatow was heading to another appointment and about to enter Interstate 84 in Newtown, Ct, when he passed a state police office. Just after Apatow drove past, the state trooper pulled out, turned on his lights and pulled him over. The fireman knew he wasn’t speeding or disobeying any other traffic laws, so he curiously asked the officer why he pulled him over.