Make sure to bring all of your medications, as well as any herbal or dietary supplements and over-the-counter medications, to the test with you.
Your physician might instruct you to stop certain medicines before this test. During your procedure A nuclear stress test can take up to four hours.
Stress is accomplished as exercise stress, usually on a treadmill.
If you are unable to exercise, a nurse will administer a drug to mimic the effect that exercise has on your heart.
First, a technician injects a small amount of radioactive tracer through an IV, and advanced scanning cameras take images that record whether this tracer shows up in your heart.
Prior to taking pictures of your heart, you may be asked to do light walking or drink water to help improve the quality of your heart pictures.
After your procedure Your physician will provide detailed instructions on how to recover from a nuclear stress test.
The pictures or images are fed into a computer, which reconstructs them as "slices" of a three dimensional heart.
The technicians gather two sets of images: the first set provides information about how your heart performs at rest, and the second set provides information about how your heart performs with stress.
Your physician might order a nuclear stress test to determine if: Preparing for your procedure Do not eat or drink anything for at least three hours prior to your nuclear stress test.
Check with your physician to determine if any of your medications should be avoided for the days leading up to your scheduled test.