Please read all instructions carefully.

Total testing time is 2-3 hours.

  • No food 3-4 hours prior to testing. You may drink water during this time. If your test is scheduled in the afternoon, eat a light meal 4-5 hours prior to testing. Please do not fast all day for this test.
  • 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 labelled decaffeinated or caffeine free).
  • You will have an IV started for this procedure.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing (short sleeved shirt/t-shirt and pants/shorts). No dresses.
  • Wear tennis shoes or comfortable walking shoes.
  • If you use inhalers on a regular basis, please bring them with you.
  • 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.
  • Take all of your regularly scheduled medications as prescribed except the medicines listed below. Do not take these medicines (listed below) the night before or 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
    • Loppressor (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) hour's notice, otherwise there will be a charge to the patient for the cost of the isotope.