Doctors will provide patients special instructions about your diet and any medications you may be taking prior to any stress testing performed at The Heart Center at Mercy. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and athletic or tennis shoes.
In a regular stress test you will spend several minutes on the treadmill or stationary bike. The entire test lasts about one hour.
A nuclear stress test is similar to a regular stress test, but provides images in addition to the EKG and blood pressure readings. A tiny amount of radioactive dye is injected into the blood stream. The special scanner creates pictures showing the passage of blood through the heart. This test takes three to four hours to complete.
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