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
      • Pop
      • Chocolate
    • This also includes any medication or supplements that may contain caffeine, such as:
      • Tylenol 1, 2 & 3
      • Anacin
      • Excedrin
      • Caffedrine
      • CardioTea
      • Fioricet
      • Fiorinal
      • Hycomine
      • Norgesic
      • Repan
      • Vivarin
  • 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.
  • Clothing:
    • 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.

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