OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Cardiac Stress Test

What is cardiac stress testing?

cardiac-stress-test.JPG Cardiac Stress testing is the process of inducing stress on the heart either through exercise or through medications. Cardiac Stress testing is used for the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease but mainly coronary artery disease.

Seven types of Cardiac Stress Tests:

  1. Exercise Nuclear Test (Stress Nuclear)
  2. Pharmacological Nuclear Test (Lexiscan Nuclear or Dobutamine)
  3. Exercise Stress Echo (Exercise Stress Echo)
  4. Pharmacological Stress Echo (Dobutamine Stress Echo)
  5. Routine/Functional Exercise Stress Test
  6. Cardio-Pulmonary Stress Test
  7. MRI Cardiac Stress Test with Adenosine

How to prepare for your test

  • No eating or drinking 4 hours prior to the test.
  • No caffeinated, decaffeinated or caffeine-free beverages including; coffee, tea and carbonated sodas. No black licorice, products containing chocolate or medications that contain caffeine for 18-24 hours prior to the test.
  • If taking blood pressure medication, medication containing Theophylline, or erectile dysfunction medication, please call your physician and ask if you should hold these medications.
  • For Stress Echos and Dobutamine Stress Echos, you should have a ride home.
  • Wear comfortable, 2-piece clothing and comfortable shoes the day of the test.
  • For Exercise Stress tests, you must be able to walk strenuously on a treadmill.

Getting your results

In most cases, your exam will be interpreted by a cardiologist and the results shared with your physician.