Pharmacologic Stress Testing
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Pharmacologic stress testing uses medicine to make the heart work just as it does when you exercise. The medicine makes your heart beat faster and increases blood flow through your heart.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or cardiologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Eat a variety of heart healthy foods: Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Limit foods high in saturated and trans fats. Ask your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist if you need to be on a low cholesterol or sodium (salt) diet.
- Exercise: Ask your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist about the best exercise plan for you.
- Do not smoke: If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking increases your risk of heart problems. Ask your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist for information if you need help quitting.
Contact your healthcare provider or cardiologist if:
- You feel dizzy or lightheaded.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have sudden trouble breathing.
- You have chest pain even after you take your medicine.
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