EKG Stress Test

An EKG Stress test is a basic treadmill stress test (without ultrasound or nuclear imaging of the heart).  The test will help your doctor determine if there are areas of your heart which do not receive enough blood supply due to coronary artery disease.  During the treadmill, you will be continuously monitored for blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm and ECG changes. 
The test takes approximately 1 hour.

Patient Instructions:

1.  Do not eat or drink anything other than water for 4 hours prior to the test. 
No caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate or decaf) for 24 hours prior to the test.

2.  Diabetics should eat a light breakfast and take their insulin.

3.  No smoking 6 hours prior to your test.

4.  DO NOT TAKE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MEDICATIONS LISTED BELOW FOR 24 HOURS PRIOR TO STRESS TEST:

METOPROLOL or TOPROL
COREG or CARVEDILOL
INDERAL or PROPRANOLOL
VERAPAMIL or CALAN
CARDIZEM, DILTIAZEM, CARTIA
ZIAC, BISOPROLOL
TENORMIN or ATENOLOL
BYSTOLIC or NEBEVILOL
BETAPACE or SOTALOL

5.  Wear two-piece clothing (no skirts or dresses) and comfortable closed heel shoes.  No shirts with metal snaps.  No sandals, clogs or flip-flop type shoes.

6. Gentlemen will have some hair shaved from their chests.

7.  The ordering physician will be notified of the results. This physician will inform you of the results.

If you need to reschedule the test or have any questions regarding these instructions, please call our office.