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How should I prepare for a cardiac stress test?

Before your test, your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions. Here are some basic ways to prepare for a cardiac stress test:

  • Tell your doctor about medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Also tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications.
  • Tell your doctor about any symptoms you have during exercise, such as heart rhythm problems, nausea, chest pain or breathing problems.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions about whether to stop certain medications or avoid eating before the test.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes if exercise will be used to increase your heart rate.

Patients should prepare for a cardiac stress test by wearing comfortable clothes and sneakers as well as forgoing caffeine.

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