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Stress Test Preparation

Stress Test Preparation with CardioVascular Health Clinic

Stress tests are essential diagnostic procedures used to evaluate the performance and resilience of the human body. 

While stress tests can vary in nature and purpose, they share a common requirement: thorough preparation. 

Here we will explore the significance of stress test preparation and provide valuable insights on preparing for general and heart stress tests. Continue reading to learn more.

Understanding Stress Tests

While the name “stress test” can feel intimidating, we want to assure you they’re not something to stress about.

We are here to help you through all aspects of your testing and ease any anxiety you may have leading up to and during your test.

Stress tests are simulations designed to assess a patient’s ability to function effectively under pressure or stress.

A heart stress test evaluates the heart's response to physical exertion, typically performed on a treadmill or stationary bike.

During the stress portion for a nuclear study, we aim to get the patient's heart rate up to 85% of their maximum (220 – age x .85 = THR target heart rate), which provides valuable insight into their overall cardiovascular performance, areas of concern, and overall health.

Use the video below to better understand how a heart stress test works. 

Stress Test Preparation Video

How to Prepare for a Stress Test 

Proper preparation is critical to ensuring a successful heart stress test experience.

It enhances the accuracy and reliability of the results and minimizes potential risks and discomfort. Therefore, before your stress test, we encourage you to follow these steps for optimal stress test preparation.

Consult with Cardiovascular Experts

Before undergoing any stress test, consult your cardiologist to understand the entirety of the procedure. Then, detailed instructions will be tailored to your specific needs, addressing any concerns and answering your questions about the upcoming stress test.

For a heart stress test, provide your healthcare provider with a comprehensive medical history, including any pre-existing conditions, medications, allergies, and previous surgeries. This information will enable them to assess your suitability for the test and make any necessary adjustments.

Adhere to Dietary Guidelines and Medication Restrictions

Before your stress test, we may provide specific dietary guidelines to follow. It is crucial to adhere to these instructions, as certain foods and beverages can interfere with the accuracy of the test results. In general, we advise you to avoid caffeine, nicotine, and heavy meals before the test, as they can affect your heart rate and blood pressure.

Along with temporary diet changes, you may also need to temporarily stop certain medications before the stress test, as some drugs may interfere with the test results or pose risks during physical exertion.

Following dietary and medicinal guidelines is a must, or the study may have to be rescheduled.

Dress Appropriately

Wear comfortable clothing and supportive footwear for a heart stress test. Follow specific instructions provided during your initial consultation regarding clothing restrictions or requirements.

By adequately preparing for stress tests, you can ensure a smoother evaluation process, accurate results, and a more positive experience overall. 

Contact us using the form below to learn more or schedule a stress test.

Additional Tools to Help with Preparation for a Stress Test

If you or someone you love has an upcoming stress test, we encourage you to access these additional resources to keep you better prepared:

Stress Test Coach (STC)

Lexiscan Prep

Lexiscan Caffeine Brochure

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