STRESS ECHOCARDIOGRAM INSTRUCTIONS

This test will take approximately 60 minutes

  • Medications
    DO NOT take the following heart medications 48 hours prior to the test unless otherwise instructed by our office

    • Atenolol (Tenormin)

      Bisoprolol (Zebata)

      Carvedilol (Coreg)

      Labetalol (Trandate, Normodyne)

      Metoprolol (Lopressor, Tropol XL)

    • Nadolol (Corgard)

      Nebivolol (Bystolic)

      Penbutolol (Levatol)

      Propranolol (Inderal, Innopran)

      Sotalol (Betapace)

  • Clothing

    Wear comfortable clothes, rubber-soled walking or running shoes that are comfortable for exercising.

    DO NOT USE

    Bath oil, lotion, or powder on the morning of the test. You may use deodorant if desired.

  • Diet
    • Do not eat 4 hours prior to the test. Avoid caffeinated products (pop, chocolate products, coffee, or tea) for 24 hours before the test as it will interfere with the results of the test. Also, avoid decaffeinated or caffeine-free products, which contain small amounts of caffeine.

      If you are diabetic, do not skip a meal; eat a light meal at your usual meal time.

  • DO NOT STOP ANY MEDICATIONS IF YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING

    • Internal Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD)

      Pacemaker

      Current or History of: Atrial Fibrillation, Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)

    • Recent Cardiac Stent (within the last 2 months)

      Recent Bypass (within the last two months.