Exercise Isotope Study
Approximate time - 2 3/4 to 4 hours
This is a specialized test for diagnosing heart abnormalities. An IV will be started in your arm to allow injection of medication. A radioactive isotope will be injected through the IV and pictures will be taken of your heart during the test.
For the next portion of the study, a technician will attach electrodes to your chest. They will be connected to an EKG machine, which monitors heart rate and rhythm. You will be asked to jog on a treadmill until your heart reaches an 85% maximum predicted heart rate (calculation based on age, weight and other variables). Your physician may attend this portion of the test. Once your heart rate has increased, more isotopes will be injected through the IV and additional pictures of your heart will be taken.
Preparation Prior to Procedure:
- Do not smoke, drink regular or decaffeinated coffee,tea, soda or other caffeinated beverages for 24 hours prior to the procedure.
- Do not eat chocolate for 24 hours prior to the procedure.
- Do not eat or drink anything at least six (6) hours prior to test.
- Bring a light snack (sandwich, beverage, etc). You will be instructed to eat at some point during the test.
- Please shower or bathe the day of the test. Do not apply lotion or powder to your chest.
- Loose fitting slacks or shorts
- A shirt or blouse with buttons in front
- Sneakers or walking shoes
- Do not wear metal underwire bras
- Viagra or Levitra should not be used 24 hours prior to the test. Cialis should not be used for 72 hours prior to the test.