|Nuclear Medicine Stress Test|
The nuclear medicine stress test usually takes four to five hours. Prior to the test, medicines will be injected into a vein and an image, similar to an x-ray, will be taken of your heart. You will then be asked to walk on a treadmill. The incline and speed begin at a level that is easy for you and will slowly increase. A physician and staff personnel will be with you at all times to monitor you during the test. After walking on the treadmill, another image will be taken. If you are unable to walk on a treadmill the test can be performed using medications.
If you are having a nuclear medicine stress test, please follow the following instructions:
REGISTRATION: Check in at the registration desk at least 15 minutes before your scheduled test time. If you must cancel your test, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance at 366-3319.
MEDICATIONS: Continue to take your medicines as prescribed unless your physician tells you not to. Medicines given for your heart, blood pressure, diabetes or breathing may interfere with the test – consult with your physician.
FOOD AND DRINK: You may have a light breakfast (dry toast and juice) if it is 2 hours before test time, otherwise have only a few sips of water. Do not eat or drink any other food or beverage until after the study and you are told to do so.
AVOID caffeine that may be found in food or drinks such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, or chocolate.
DO NOT SMOKE AFTER MIDNIGHT ON THE DAY OF YOUR TEST!
ATTIRE: Wear comfortable shoes that have good traction (tennis shoes) and comfortable clothes that will allow you to walk at a moderately fast pace easily. One piece outfits, dresses, and skirts are discouraged.
RESULTS: Your physician will receive a preliminary report within 24 hours of your test. You can obtain the information from him/her at that time. If the information is of an urgent nature, your physician will be contacted immediately and you will be notified by your physician.
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