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Preparing for Your Test

A diagnostic test gives us deeper insight into the nature of your condition. We’re working to help you feel better, and this is the next step in the process.  Prepare by selecting the diagnostic test for which you’re scheduled below:

Stress Test including Stress Echocardiogram and Nuclear Scan

The Stress Test (Treadmill)  is designed to check for changes in your heart while you exercise.

Prepare for the Test

  • Avoid caffeine (including decaf coffee and tea!) for 18 hours before the test.
  • Discontinue beta blockers 12 hours before the test.
    • The most common beta blockers are Atenolol, Lopressor, Metoprolol, Toprol, and Bystolic.
  • Do not eat before the test if you are scheduled for a Nuclear Scan.   If you are having a routine Treadmill Stress Test or Stress Echo, you eat a light meal a half hour prior to the appointment.
  • Drink plenty of water the day of your test.   We want you hydrated!
  • Bring comfortable running shoes or walking sneakers.  Clothing should be two piece clothing or work out clothes.
  • Notify the doctor of any chest pain before, during, or after the test.
  • If you are having a Nuclear Scan:   Allow approximately 4 hours for the entire test completion.

Resting Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-frequency sound waves that produce an “echo” as they bounce off the different parts of your heart to create moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen.

Prepare for the Test

  • It is not necessary to hold medication or change dietary habits prior to this test.
  • Drink plenty of water before the test.

24-Hour Holter Monitor

This device records the activity of your heart continuously throughout a 24 hour period.

Prepare for the Test

  • Perform your usual and daily activity.
  • Note any symptoms on the diary provided.
  • Please protect the Monitor by avoiding situations where it may become wet or damaged.
  • It’s not necessary to hold any medication.
  • Drink plenty of water before the test.

Doppler Ultrasound Arterial System of the Arms or Legs (ABI)

This test enables us to use sound waves to detect the presence of an arterial blockage in your upper or lower body.

Prepare for the Test

  • Please wear comfortable clothing, as you may need to partially undress, therefore wear two piece, comfortable clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water before the test.

Venous Study

  • This test enables us to detect the presence of blood clots in the veins.
  • Detects reflux which leads to varicose veins.

Prepare for the Test

  • No specific dress or medication change is required.
  • Drink plenty of water before the test.

Carotid Artery Ultrasound

This test enables us to view and measure any  blockages in the carotid (neck) arteries; it plays an important role in stroke prevention.

Prepare for the Test

  • No specific preparation is required.
  • Drink plenty of water before the test.

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound

This test allows us to evaluate potential bulging in your abdominal aorta, known as an aneurysm. If left undetected, abdominal aortic aneurysms can be fatal.

Prepare for the Test

  • Do not eat 12 hours before the test.
  • Take all medications as usual.
  • Drink water as usual.

For more information regarding Diagnostic Tests, visit our Education center on this website.