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Prep Instructions

  • DO NOT EAT 4 HOURS PRIOR to the test.   You may have water or juice. ​
  • ABSOLUTELY NO CAFFEINE 12 HOURS BEFORE THE TEST.   This includes coffee, tea, soda, decaf drinks and chocolate.   You may have some water, milk or juice.
  • Wearloose, comfortable clothing and rubber-soled walking shoes.  
  • Beta Blockers should be held for 24 hours for EXERCISE stress testing, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.  If you hold medication, bring with you to testing.   All other medications can be taken. 

           Beta Blockersinclude (brand/generic) :      Atenolol/ Tenormin               Metoprolol/ Lopressor/ Toprol              Coreg/Carvedilol 

                                                                                         Betapace/ Sotalol                   Bystolic/ Nebivolol                                    Zebeta/ Bisoprolol

                                                                                         Inderal / Propranolol             Corgard/ Nadolol                                      Trandate/ Labetalol

                                                                                         Blocadren/ Timolol 


Treadmill Stress Testing

For the treadmill test, several electrodes will be placed on your chest, so that your heart rhythm can be watched closely throughout the exercise portion of the test. If you are able to walk on the treadmill, this method is preferred. If you are unable to walk, we will use drugs (either Lexican or Dobutamine) given through an IV. After completing the treadmill or medication stress portion you will be placed on the imaging table for another 15 minute scan. This test will take approximately 60 minutes.