Diagnostic Test

I am Scheduled for a Diagnostic Test

A diagnostic test gives us deeper insight into the nature of your condition. We are working to help you feel better, and this is the next step in the process.

Nuclear Stress Test

Nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart at rest and while your heart is working harder as a result of exertion or medication.

Prepare for the Test

  • Avoid caffeine 24 hours before the test. (includes chocolate) be sure to read the labels of your beverages. We recommend that you do not drink de-caffeinated drinks during this period.
  • Discontinue beta blockers (Atenolol, Lopressor, Toprol) 24 hours before the test. **Please consult with your physician if a medication needs to be on hold**
  • Do not eat or drink 4 hours before the test.
  • Wear comfortable attire.
  • Notify the doctor of any chest pain before, during, or after the test.
  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the entire test completion.
  • Please be advised that we do not allow children in the testing area.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched 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.

 

Holter Monitoring

This device records the activity of your heart while you do your usual activities throughout the day.

Prepare for the Test

  • Perform your usual and daily activity.
  • Note any symptoms on the diary provided.
  • It’s not necessary to hold any medication.