Nuclear Stress Test Instructions

Nuclear Stress Test instructions

These are the general stress test instructions. If you have any questions please call the physician’s office.

FOOD AND DRINK

NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK for at least 6 hours prior to testing. This does include water. If your test is scheduled in the afternoon, eat a light meal 6 hours prior to testing. Please do not fast all day for this test

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MEDICATIONS AND BLOOD THINNERS

Please do not stop your blood thinners. Take all of your regularly scheduled medications as prescribed except the medicines listed below.

Do not take these medications 48 hours prior to study

  • Theophylline medications (Theo 24, Theochron, Elixophyllin, Uniphyl, etc)
  • Medications which treat asthma, emphysema, COPD, or other lung problems
  • Sexual enhancement medications should not be used 48 hours prior to the test (Viagram, sildenafil, Levitram Cialis, etc)

Do not take 24 hours prior to study

  • Heart nitrates (Imdur, Isordil, Isosorbides, Mono, Dini, Ismo, Nitro)
  • Nitroglycerin (tablets, pills, or patches)
  • Beta Blockers (example: metoprolol, atenolol, sotalol, etc)
  • Calcium Channel Blockers (example: diltiazem, Cartia XL, Verapamil, etc)
  • Persantine (brand name) Dypridamole (generic)
  • Caffeine medicines (example: Excedrin, Fioricet, Fiorinal, Midol, Motrin, etc)
  • Diuretics (example: Lasix, furosemide, Bumex, spironolactone, etc)

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR DIABETIC PATIENTS

Please follow the normal regimen as stated above but eat light. You may have juice before the test if needed.

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SMOKING AND EXERCISE

No smoking or exercise 6 hours before testing.

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CAFFEINE

NO CAFFEINE 24 hours prior to testing. This included sodas, diet sodas, chocolate, tea, coffee, and energy drinks.

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PREPARATION AND CLOTHING

Please shower or bathe the day of the test

Do not apply lotion, powder, oil to the chest area, arms, or hands

Wear loose comfortable clothing (short sleeved/t-shirt and pants/shorts). No dresses or one-piece outfits

Avoid clothing with metallic buttons or zippers, bras with an underwire, or metallic jewelry.

A gown will be given to you so you may be appropriately covered if necessary

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ARRIVAL TIME

Please arrive 15 minutes before your procedure time. Please call the office if you are unsure of your test location.

Phoenix: 1848 E Thomas Road, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85016 ( Click for Map )

Peoria: 9401 W Thunderbird Road Suite 155 Peoria, AZ 85381 ( Click for Map )

Prescott: 1958 Commerce Center Circle, Prescott, AZ 86301 ( Click for Map )

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WHAT TO BRING

Please bring your photo ID and insurance card with you to your test.

A current medication list, and medications to take throughout the day if needed

If you use an inhaler regularly, please bring this as well.

It is recommended that you bring a lunch and a soda, there is a point during the test where you will be instructed to eat and drink caffeine.

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GENERAL LENGTH OF TEST

Remember that your scheduled test time is an approximate time. Stress test will take on average 3 hours. For a PET stress test, it will approximately take 30-45 minutes. If you are unsure which one you are scheduled for, please call the office.

You will be able to drive yourself to and from the test

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