Nuclear Stress Test
Nuclear Stress Test is a non-invasive imaging test is performed to find out whether any areas of the heart muscle are not receiving enough blood flow during exercise.
Bring a list of medications with you including dosage and frequency. Take all medications as usual unless otherwise directed by your doctor. It is vital that the physician knows exactly what medications you are taking and if you have diabetes, a defibrillator or pacemaker.
Make sure that you have no lotions applied on your chest area.
Patients should have a light meal on the day of the test. Avoid certain foods such as milk and caffeine-containing beverages at least 24 hours before the test. No caffeine containing products (e.g.: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, even decaffeinated drinks, soda pop, some pain pills and asthma medications) 12 hours prior to the test.
Make sure you wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity. Your shoes should be designed for running or jogging (excluding Persantine patients)
The Nuclear Cardiology examination consists of two parts which last approximately 3-6 hours in total duration.
The Resting MUGA (ventricular function) study consists of one part and lasts about 1-1/2 hours.
Please bring your Health Card (OHIP).
It is best if translator accompanies the patient if a translation is required.