Health Tip: Prepare for a Cardio Stress Test

Here's what to do

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(HealthDay News) -- A cardiovascular stress test is performed to help detect any heart problem during exercise. During the test, a person walks on a treadmill at increasing levels of difficulty while a doctor monitors heart activity.

To help ensure the most accurate results, the University of Michigan Health System suggests:

  • The night before the test, be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • About two or three hours before the test, eat a light meal.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea or soda. Drink water or fruit juice instead.
  • Unless your doctor says otherwise, take all of your daily medications as prescribed.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and shoes comfortable for walking or running.
  • Use the bathroom before the test.

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