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General information on exercise stress testing and rest MUGA (Gated Blood Pool Study)

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    NUCLEAR CARDIOLOGY & STRESS LAB TEST INSTRUCTIONS

    Your test has been scheduled on _________________________ at __________AM / PM

                                                         Mon.  Tues.  Wed.  Thurs.  Fri.  Sat.

    General Information:

    • Location: Please report to the Heart Center Reception area, University Hospital 2nd floor East. The parking garage nearest the Emergency Room has a 2nd floor walkway that connects directly to the hospital near the Heart Center Reception.
    • Bring your current medications.
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing.

    Exercise Stress testing with or without Heart Imaging:

    • If you are currently taking medications, please consult your physician on which to take on the day of your test.
    • If you are diabetic, consult your physician regarding insulin dose.
    • You may have a very light breakfast two hours before your scheduled test, but no coffee. Example: Cereal or toast with juice, milk or water.
    • No caffeinated beverages (this includes most sodas and regular coffee) and no decaffeinated coffee or tea 12 (twelve) hours before your test is scheduled.  ____________AM/PM.
    • This test will take approximately 2 to 4 hours. You may bring a snack from home.
    • An IV may be placed in your arm for the medication injection and/or radioactive tracer.
    • You may resume your normal diet and activities after the test unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

    Rest MUGA (Gated Blood Pool Study):

    • You may take your regular medications prior to this test.
    • You may have your normal diet prior to this test.
    • This test will take approximately 1-1/2 hours.
    • You may resume your normal diet and activities after the test unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
    • An IV will be placed in your arm for the radioactive tracer.

    Nuclear Cardiology & Stress Lab
    Phone (434) 243-1000 • Fax (434) 244-7551

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