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.