How to prepare for an echo stress test

Preparing for the Echo Stress Test: The following recommendations are “generic” for all types of cardiac stress tests: Do not eat or drink for three hours prior to the procedure. Specific heart medicines may need to be stopped one or two days prior to the test. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for exercise.

What should I do to prepare for a stress echocardiogram?

On the day of the stress echocardiogram, do not eat or drink anything except water for four hours before the test. Do not drink or eat caffeinated products (cola, chocolate, coffee, tea) for 24 hours before the test.

How to check for Dobutamine Stress Echo?

If you are scheduled for a dobutamine stress echo AND you have a pacemaker, please contact your doctor for specific instructions. Your device may need to be checked before the test. On the day of the stress echocardiogram, do not eat or drink anything except water for four hours before the test.

What to do before an echo test?

On the day of the echo, do not eat or drink anything except water for four hours before the test. Do not take the following heart medications on the day of your test unless your doctor tells you to: Your doctor may also ask you to stop taking other heart drugs on the day of your test.

What to do during a stress echo?

Your heart rate, heart rhythm, and blood pressure will be monitored closely during the test. During a stress echo with exercise you will be asked to walk on a treadmill or pedal on a stationary bicycle. Instead you may lie down and pedal a bicycle.

What to eat before a stress echocardiogram?

On the day of the stress echocardiogram, do not eat or drink anything except water for four hours before the test. Do not drink or eat caffeinated products (cola, chocolate, coffee, tea) for 24 hours before the test. Caffeine will interfere with the results of your test.

How should I prepare for the exercise stress test?

Your doctor uses the test to: How Should I Prepare for the Exercise Stress Test? Don’t eat or drink anything except water for 4 hours before the test. Don’t drink or eat anything with caffeine for 12 hours before the test. If you use an inhaler for your breathing, bring it to the test.

What is the purpose of a stress echocardiogram?

Date of Test: Arrival Time: Time of Test: What is the purpose of a stress echocardiogram? This test combines an ultrasound of your heart and a stress test. The purpose of the test is to compare the images of the heart muscle before and after it is stressed. In a healthy heart, all areas of the heart pump harder during exercise.

What is a stress test for heart failure?

In some people with heart failure, stress test results may help the doctor determine whether you need a heart transplant or other advanced therapies. Your doctor may recommend a test with imaging, such as a nuclear stress test or echocardiographic stress test, if an exercise stress test doesn’t pinpoint the cause of your symptoms.