When you eat food, your body begins to release certain enzymes to help break down your food. Doing so before a stress test can skew the results and negate the test. If you suffer from diabetes or any other medical condition that requires you to eat at regular time increments, speak first with your cardiologist about the best approach. We want to ensure that you remain healthy while also providing the technician with the most accurate test results.
The reason you reach for a cup of coffee in the morning before work is because you’ve experienced the way that it physically changes the way your body feels. Even a small change like that can cause the results of your stress test to be inaccurate. Caffeine, in particular, increases your heart rate and raises your blood pressure which are two of the data points that your cardiologist is trying to determine during the test. For many people suffering from heart conditions, it’s safest to avoid caffeine all the time, but if you’re still hooked on the habit, make sure you skip in on test day!
Don’t Take Your Meds As Usual
This may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s very important to speak with your doctor before your test so you know which medications to keep and which to avoid on the day of your stress test. While the internet is rife with lists of which medications to avoid, it’s always best to speak directly to your cardiologist. The more information you gather and questions you ask, the more likely you’ll remain safe, which is our top priority.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: stress testing doesn’t have to be stressful! The best way to ensure that you have a safe and successful experience is to listen carefully to your cardiologist and follow his or her instructions to a tee. For more information about this or any of our other diagnostic services, contact us today.