Nuclear Medicine – Nuclear Cardiac Stress Test PREPARATION
If your doctor gave you a requisition, please bring that with you on the day of your exam, along with your health card.
- Arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.
- Bring a list of all current prescription medications.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please call and speak to a nuclear technologist prior to the day of your test.
Day One (Rest Portion):
- Do not eat/drink 2 hours prior to test(rest and stress portion, if done on separate days)
- If you have an afternoon appointment, eat a light breakfast (e.g. fruit, toast, jam, juice, water).
- You will be able to eat and/or drink after certain portions of your test are completed. You may bring a snack with you.
- You may have sips of water.
- Refrain from consuming caffeine within the 24 hours prior to your test.
- This includes:
- Coffee and Tea (Decaffeinated as well)
- All energy drinks
- This also includes any medication or supplements that may contain caffeine, such as:
- Tylenol 1, 2 & 3
- Diabetics – special instructions:
- Have a light meal 2 hours prior to the test.
- Bring a snack to your appointment.
- Take all of your diabetes medications, including insulin (as is appropriate for your light breakfast).
- It is important that your blood sugar is stable.
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
- Please leave jewelry at home.
- Do not apply lotions, creams, or powders on the chest area the day of your test.
- If you prefer to wear a gown for your test, one will be provided for you.
- Do not take erectile dysfunction medications (e.g. Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, etc.) 48 hours prior to the test.
- Inform the technologist if you have a history of wheezing, asthma, seizures, or chronic lung disease.
- Some medications must be discontinued up to 48 hours prior to your test – get the permission of your physician before withholding any medications.
- You will not be exercising on a treadmill for this test.
Day Two (Stress Portion):
All exam preparations listed above for Day One of your Nuclear Cardiac Stress Test also apply to Day Two, including the following:
- If you use inhalers or any puffer medications, bring them with you to the clinic.
- Discontinue Theophylline derivatives 48 hours prior to the test, with your doctor’s approval.
- If you are taking any Theophylline based medications, please inform the technologist.
Please be aware that these are required for every exam visit.
- Please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment.
- A valid health card must be shown at every visit.
- A signed requisition by a registered healthcare provider is mandatory for all exams.
- If you would like to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please notify our office at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled time.
Please note that due to staff allergies our clinics are PERFUME-FREE FACILITIES. Thank you.