Please read all instructions carefully.

Total time of testing 2-3 hours

  • No food 4 hours prior to testing. You may drink water during this time.
  • Diabetic patients follow normal regimen, but eat light. You may have juice before the test if needed.
  • No smoking or exercise 8 hours before testing.
  • No caffeine 12 hours prior to testing (this includes colas, chocolate, tea, or coffee and all products labeled decaffeinated or caffeine free).
  • You will have an IV started for this procedure.
  • If your test is scheduled in the afternoon, eat a light meal 4 hours prior to testing. Please do not fast all day for this test.
  • Be prepared to have someone available to drive you home. You may require medicine during testing that may cause temporary blurred vision.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing (short sleeved shirt/t-shirt and pants/ shorts). No dresses.
  • If you use inhalers on a regular basis, please bring them with you.
  • As a part of this test you will need to eat a snack after the Dobutamine, but prior to the second picture of your heart. The snack break is approximately 45-60 minutes. This snack should be a minimum of 10 grams of fat (you can bring food from home). Do not eat this food until instructed by the nuclear tech. The final images will take approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • On the day of the stress test, please bring a list with dosages or bottles of your medications (including any supplements or over the counter), your inhaler(s), insurance card(s), and driver's license. Also, bring dark sunglasses with you. Your eyes may be light sensitive after the test.
  • Take all of your regularly scheduled medications as prescribed except the medicines listed below. Do not take these medicines (listed below) the morning of your test.
    • Bystolic
    • Blocarden (Timolol)
    • Calan
    • Cardizem (Diltiazem)
    • Cartrol (Cartelol)
    • Coreg (Carvedilol)
    • Corgard (Nadolol
    • Corzide (Nadolol)
    • Covera
    • Dilacor
    • Inderal (Propanolol)
    • Inderide
    • Innopran XL
    • Isoptin
    • Isosorbide
    • Kerlone
    • Multaq
    • Lopressor (Metaprolol)
    • Normodyne (Labetalol)
    • Sectral (Acebutolol)
    • Tarka
    • Tenormin (Atenolol)
    • Tenoretic
    • Tiazac
    • Timolide (Timolol)
    • Toprol XL
    • Trandate (Labetalol)
    • Verapamil
    • Verelan
    • Visken (Pindolol)
    • Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
    • Ziac

Cancellation of a nuclear stress test requires twenty-four (24) hours notice, otherwise there will be a charge to the patient for the cost of the isoptope.