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.