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Pharmacological Stress Test

Overview

If your physician needs to test your heart's response to an increased workload but you are unable to exercise because of an injury or other physical limitation, a medication can be administered to induce the same effects as a regular stress test.

Before Your Appointment

  • Please pre-register for your appointment by calling 978-937-6429, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. or anytime online at Express Registration.
  • An Appointment Reminder with specific instructions for your exam will be mailed to you.
  • Please keep the written order from your physician to bring to the exam.
  • Obtain copies of any previous stress tests or EKGs to bring to the exam.
  • Tell your physician about any medications you are taking.

Be sure to inform your doctor if your are taking sildenafil citrate (Viagra) and have taken a dose in the past 24 hours (If nitroglycerin is given to relieve chest in a patient taking Viagra it can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure.)

Exam Preparation

  • DO NOT consume alcohol or caffeine or smoke for 24 hours before the test
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

During the Procedure

You will be given an electrocardiogram (EKG) as a drug that raises your heart rate or widens your coronary arteries to increase blood flow is administered through an IV. Your blood pressure will also be monitored. During and after the procedure, staff will continue to monitor your vital signs.

After the Procedure

You may resume your normal activities.

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