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How do I prepare for an exercise stress test?

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Your doctor will give you instructions. But in general:

The doctor may also ask you to stop taking other heart drugs the day of your test. Don’t stop any drug unless you check with him first.

  • Don’t eat or drink anything except water for 4 hours before the test.
  • Avoid caffeine for 12 hours before the test.
  • Skip these heart medications on the day of your test, unless your doctor tells you otherwise or you take them to treat chest discomfort:
    •  Isosorbide dinitrate (for example, Isordil, Dilatrate SR)
    •  Isosorbide mononitrate (for example, ISMO, Imdur, Monoket)
    •  Nitroglycerin (for example, Deponit, Nitrostat, Nitro-Bid)
  • If you use an inhaler, bring it.

From: Heart Disease and Stress Tests WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on September 20, 2016

SOURCE: 

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on September 20, 2016

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