Jefferson University Hospitals

Preparing for Your Visit

Stress Testing

Exercise Nuclear Stress Test

How should I prepare?

  • Do not have anything to eat after midnight on the day of the test.
  • Please drink water or juice the morning of the test.
  • For 24 hours before the test NO coffee, tea, colas or other soft drinks that contain caffeine, including those labeled “caffeine-free”. NO chocolates, including candies, frosting, cookies, pies, cocoa and chocolate milk.
  • Wear or bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and shoes with rubber soles.
  • Bring a list of medications you take routinely.
  • Take all your medications as normal, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
  • If you are a diabetic, you may bring a small snack with you.

How long does the test take?

Plan to be in our office for at least 3 to 4 hours

Exercise Stress Echocardiogram

How should I prepare?

  • Wear comfortable shoes with rubber soles and comfortable clothing.
  • You may have a light meal the day of the test, BUT fast 3 hours prior to testing.
  • Please drink water or juice during 3 hour fasting.
  • Take your medications unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

How long does the test take?

Total test time including preparation, images and recovery is about one hour.

Pharmacological Nuclear Stress Test

How should I prepare?

  • Do not have anything to eat after midnight on the day of the test
  • Please drink water or juice the morning of the test
  • For 24 hours before the test NO coffee, tea, colas or other soft drinks that contain caffeine, including those labeled “caffeine-free”. NO chocolates, including candies, frosting, cookies, pies, cocoa and chocolate milk.
  • NO products that contain caffeine, such as Anacin and Excedrin. You may take regular aspirin. (Please check with your physician if you are taking these products).
  • NO persantine (Dipyridamole) (Please check with your physician if you are taking these products).
  • NO theophylline or theophylline containing products such as Constant-T, Primatene, Quibron, Slo-Phylline, or Theo-Dur 48 hours prior to testing.

How long does the test take?

Plan to be in our office for at least 3 to 4 hours

Routine Treadmill Stress Test

How should I prepare?

  • Wear comfortable shoes with rubber soles and comfortable clothing.
  • No caffeine the AM of the test.
  • You may have a light meal day of test, but Fast 3 hours prior to the stress test
  • Please drink water or juice until time of test.
  • Take your medications unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

How long does the test take?

Total test time including preparation, images and recovery is about one hour.

Ultrasound

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound

How should I prepare?

  • Do not eat or drink anything except non-carbonated water for 8 to 12 hours prior to your test
  • Take your usual medicine, unless your doctor instructed you otherwise.

How long does the test take?

Up to one hour

Carotid Duplex

How should I prepare?

There is no special preparation required for this test.

How long does the test take?

Between 30 to 45 minutes

Echocardiogram

How should I prepare?

There is no special preparation required for this test.

How long does the test take?

30 to 40 minutes

Lower Extremity Arterial Ultrasound

How should I prepare?

There is no special preparation required for this test.

How long does the test take?

30 to 40 minutes

Renal Duplex

How should I prepare?

  • DO NOT eat or drink anything except non-carbonated water for 8 to 12 hours prior to your test
  • Take your usual medicine, unless your doctor instructed you otherwise.

How long does the test take?

30 to 40 minutes.

Heart Rhythm Monitoring

Holter Monitor (24 Hours)

How should I prepare?

Please do not apply body lotion, oil, or greasy products on your chest area.

How long does the test take?

About 20 minutes

Other Testing

Anticoagulant Clinic

How should I prepare?

There is no special preparation

How long does the test take?

These tests are only done under urgent circumstances in our offices. Blood draw lengths at facilities and at home can vary.

Multi-Gated Acquisition (MUGA)

How should I prepare?

  • Bring a list and medication bottles you take routinely.
  • Take all your medications as normal, UNLESS otherwise instructed by your physician.

How long does the test take?

Up to 2 hours