Stress day:

Please read all instructions carefully.

  • No food 3-4 hours prior to testing.
  • 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 8 hours prior to testing (this includes cola, chocolate, tea, or coffee).
  • You will have an IV started for this procedure.
  • 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. You may drink water.
  • Be prepared to have someone available to drive you home. You may require a 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 medication(including and 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 day before or the morning of your test.
    • Amiodarone
    • Betapace (Sotalol)
    • Bystolic
    • Calan
    • Cardizem
    • Cartrol (Cartelol)
    • Coreg (Carvedilol)
    • Corgard (Nadolol)
    • Corzide (Nadolol)
    • Covera
    • Dilacor
    • Inderal (Propanolol)
    • Inderide
    • Innopran XL
    • Isoptin
    • Multaq
    • Levatol (Penbutolol)
    • Lopressor (Metoprolol)
    • Normodyne (Labetalol)
    • Rythmol
    • Sectral (Acebutolol)
    • Tarka
    • Tenormin (Atenolol)
    • Tenoretic
    • Tiazic
    • Timolide (Timolol)
    • Toprol XL
    • Trandate (Labetalol)
    • Verapamil
    • Verelan
    • Visken (Pindolol)
    • Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
    • Ziac

Resting day:

Please read all instructions carefully.

  • No caffeine 12 hours prior to scheduled time of arrival. (this includes cola, chocolate, tea, or coffee)
  • No food 3-4 hours prior to scheduled time of arrival.
  • Diabetic patients follow normal regimen, but eat light.
  • No exercise 4 hours prior to scheduled time of arrival.
  • Medications: Take all routing medications as usual.
  • On this day, you will get an injection of the isotope. Again, you will need to eat a snack and have a picture taken of your heart approximately 45-60 minutes later. Do not eat this fatty meal until instructed by the nuclear tech.

Cancellation of either the stress day or the resting day of the above test requires twenty-four(24) hours notice, otherwise there will be a charge to the patient for the cost of the isotope.