Nuclear Exercise Stress Test

Instructions for the Test

IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO READ AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable walking/running shoes
  2. Do not use body lotion/powder on the day of test. Deodorant is okay
  3. Do not eat four hours prior to the test. If you are diabetic, you may eat a small amount of food and use your insulin as usual
  4. Do not have any coffee, tea, or other caffeinated or decaffeinated products for 24 hours prior to the test
  5. Do not smoke or use any type of tobacco on the day of the test
  6. Take all your medications as usual unless you are on certain beta blockers (those listed on the bottom of this brochure). Do not take those medications on the day of the test.

How is the Test Done?

The test is done at our office. The test may be scheduled as a one day or two day test.

One Day Test:

The test will take about two hours. An intravenous line (IV) will be set. You will be receiving the Myoview. Two sets of pictures of your heart will be taken. During the picture taking, your left arm will be raised above your head. You will also be walking on a treadmill. A physician will be monitoring your heart rate and blood pressure. After the test, you will be able to continue your normal activities. Please follow all instructions for the test.

Two Day Test:

Rest portion of the test involves and injection of Myoview and images made of your heart. Plan at being at our office about one hour. No special preparation is necessary for this day (i.e., you may have coffee, eat, and take medications as usual).

The stress portion of the test involves setting and IV. After walking on a treadmill, images will be taken of your heart. Plan on being at our office 1 ½ hours. Please follow the instructions for the test as follows:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable walking/running shoes
  2. Do not use body lotion/powder on the day of test. Deodorant is okay
  3. Do not eat four hours prior to the test. If you are diabetic, you may eat a small amount of food and use your insulin as usual
  4. Do not have any coffee, tea, or other caffeinated or decaffeinated products for 24 hours prior to the test
  5. Do not smoke or use any type of tobacco on the day of the test
  6. Take all your medications as usual unless you are on certain beta blockers (those listed on the bottom of this brochure). Do not take those medications on the day of the test.

Is the Test Safe?

The radioactive tracer, Myoview, is safe. Generally there are no side effects. The most common side effect is metallic taste. Any treadmill test has a small amount of risk. Possibilities include abnormal heart rhythms and a very rare heart attack. Experienced personnel are available to handle any emergencies.

Test Results

The physician will review the images give you the results at a later appointment or will send a report to your physician.

Beta Blockers:

  • BLOCADREN (Timolol)
  • CORGARD (Nadolol)
  • COREG (Carvedilol)
  • LOPRESSOR (Metoprolol)
  • INDERAL (Propranolol)
  • SECTRAL (Acebutolol)
  • NORMODYNE (Labetolol)
  • TOPROL (Metoprolol)
  • TENORMIN (Atenolol)
  • VISKEN (Pinfolol)
  • TRANDATE (Labetolol)
  • ZIAC (Bisoprolol/HCTZ)
  • ZEBETA (Bisoprolol)
  • BYSTOLIC
  • SOTALOL
Calcium Channel Blockers:

  • CALAN (Verapamil hydrochloride)
  • CARDIZEM (Diltiazem HCL)
  • COVERA (Verapamil hydrochloride)
  • DILACOR (Diltiazem HCL)
  • ISOPTIN (Verapamil HCL)
  • NIMOTOP (Nimodpine)
  • TIAZAC (Dilitiazen hydrochloride)
  • VASCOR (Bepridil hydrochloride)
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