Nuclear Pharmacologic Stress Test
The purpose of this test is to assist in the detection of Coronary Artery Disease in those individuals who have risk factors for heart disease.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the evening prior to your test. The exception is water. If your test is scheduled after 12:00 noon, you can have a light breakfast on, or before 7 am. A light breakfast includes eggs, toast, and juice. No dairy products.
- Do not smoke; use oral tobacco, nicotine patches or nicotine gum 12 hours prior to your test.
- Do not drink any caffeine OR decaffeinated products prior to your test.
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes.
- Do not take any medications the morning of your test, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
- Bring your morning medications with you the day of your test. There will be a break period during the test in which you will be able to take them. If you have any questions regarding your medications, please consult your physician.
- Do not wear perfume or cologne.
Description of the Test
The test takes approximately 3 1/2 — 4 hours. A small IV catheter will be inserted into a vein followed by an injection of a radiotracer. After adequate circulation time, you will be scanned for approximately 15 minutes. After those images are completed, a pharmacologic agent will be administered through the IV. Halfway through this infusion, you will he given a second dose of a radiotracer. You will have a 30 to 60 minute break in which you can eat and take your medications. You will then return for a second set of images. This will complete your test and you may resume your routine daily activities without restrictions.
Note: Please be aware that a medication has been specially ordered for your test. We require 24 hours notice of cancellation. To avoid a $200 charge, please adhere to this policy.