When you schedule your nuclear stress test, you will get the following instructions:
- Don’t eat or drink after midnight before your appointment day, except for water or clear liquids.
- No smoking, no coffee or other drinks and food that have caffeine at least 12 hours before your stress test.
- If you have diabetes and take insulin or other medication for your diabetes, do not take your morning dose, but do bring your insulin or diabetes pills with you.
- Let your doctor know of any prescription drugs for your heart and/or high blood pressure. They’ll let you know if you should make any changes.
- Bring a list of all the medications you are taking.
- Wear comfortable clothing and walking or running shoes.
- Bring a picture ID, your health insurance card, and your doctor’s referral form for your stress test.
- For women, if you might be pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding, please tell the staff in nuclear medicine.
Some other things to keep in mind are:
- Make sure to get a good night’s sleep.
- You can bring your choice of music on CD or cassette tape to listen to while we do your scan.
- You must bring a snack with you to eat at the hospital after your stress test.
- If you can’t make your appointment, please call us as soon as possible.
- If you have family members or someone with you, they can wait in the nuclear medicine waiting room, hospital lobby, or cafeteria.