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Health Tip: Preparing for a Stress Test

Health Tip: Preparing for a Stress Test

01/27/12

(HealthDay News) -- A cardiac stress test gives doctors an idea of how your heart functions at rest and when it's under "stress" from activities such as treadmill exercise.

The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says you can prepare for the test by:

  • Dressing comfortably in workout clothes, including footwear designed for exercise.
  • Checking with your doctor to see if you need to avoid food and water before the test.
  • Checking with your doctor, if you're diabetic, to see if you should adjust your medication before the test.
  • Asking your doctor if you need to avoid caffeinated beverages, certain foods or over-the-counter medications before the test.
  • Bringing any inhaler you use to the test and letting the doctor know about it.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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