Nuclear Cardiology

Sep 10 |
  • You should be fasting (except water) for 4 hours before the test
  • Insulin-dependent diabetics should take their insulin with a light meal 2 hours before the test.
  • Discontinue all caffeine products 24 hours before the test. This includes all tea, coffee, decaffeinated tea/coffee, pop, chocolate, Tylenol 2 & 3 and/or medications containing caffeine.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing, such a t-shirt, track pants, athletic shoes, etc.
  • Bring a list of all current prescription medications and check with your physician regarding the discontinuation of any heart medications, such as Beta-Blockers like Metroprolol or Atenolol, as well as Calcium Channel Blockers like Diltiazem or Verapamil.
  • Do not take erectile dysfunction medications, such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, etc. for 48 hours before the test.
  • If you are pregnant or there is a possibility of pregnancy, or if you are breastfeeding, Nuclear Medicine Stress Testing may not be appropriate for you at this time. Please consult with your physician.


  1. Rest Study – Takes approximately 1.5-2 hours and consists of an injection followed by imaging.
  2. Stress Study – Takes approximately 2-2.5 hours and consists of a stress test, injection and imaging.