Testing

What to Expect During Your Testing

Echocardiogram
(Also Called Echo, Ultrasound of the Heart)

Preparation

  • Eat and drink as usual.
  • Wear a loose fitting, comfortable top and bottom.
  • Take your medications as prescribed on the day of your appointment unless otherwise directed by your physician; please call 770-991-2100 should you have any questions regarding your medications.
  • Do not use oils, lotion, or powder on the day of your appointment. Deodorant is acceptable.
  • If your insurance plan requires pre-authorization from your primary care provider, we request that you make those arrangements prior to your visit.

What to expect during your Echocardiogram

  • Once you’ve been shown to the room, you will need to undress from the waist up.  Women will be given a gown to wear.
  • Electrodes will be placed on your chest to monitor your heart rhythm.  The skin may need to be lightly scrubbed in order for the electrodes to better adhere to the skin, and it may be necessary that some patients have their chest hair shaved.
  • You will be asked to lie down on a bed on your left side.
  • Lubricant gel will be applied to a transducer (pictured to the left) which will be moved over your chest to acquire ultrasound images of your heart.
  • The test will last approximately thirty minutes to one hour.  Your physician will share the results of your echocardiogram with you at your next visit.

 

Exercise Stress Test
(Also called Treadmill Test)

Preparation

  • Do not eat, drink, or use tobacco products past midnight the night before your scheduled test.
  • Do not eat or drink on the morning of your test.  If your test is scheduled in the afternoon, you may eat a light breakfast before 7:00 am and drink only water or juice (no more than 4 oz.).
  • Discontinue caffeine and decaf products the day before the exam, as even decaffeinated products contain a small amount of caffeine.
  • Wear loose fitting top and bottoms, comfortable to exercise in. 
  • Wear walking or running shoes that are comfortable for exercising.
  • Do not use oils, lotion, or powder on the day of your appointment. Deodorant is acceptable.
  • Take your medications as prescribed on the day of your appointment unless otherwise directed by your physician; please call 770-991-2100 should you have any questions regarding your medications.
  • If your insurance plan requires pre-authorization from you primary care provider, we request that you make those arrangements prior to your visit.

What to expect during your Exercise Stress Test

  • Once you’ve been shown to the room, you will need to undress from the waist up.  Women will be given a gown to wear.
  • Electrodes will be placed on your chest to monitor your heart rhythm.  The skin may need to be lightly scrubbed in order for the electrodes to better adhere to the skin, and it may be necessary that some patients have their chest hair shaved.
  • Blood pressure cuffs are used during this test.  Please notify the staff if you have any problems using a blood pressure cuff on one arm.
  • You will be asked to walk on the treadmill.  As you are walking, the speed and/or incline will be increased every few minutes. Please notify the staff immediately if you are experiencing chest pain or discomfort, dizziness, breathing difficulties, or any other problems.
  • You will be asked to exercise as long as you possibly can or until you experience cardiac symptoms.  Exercise will end at your request, though a staff member may end the test before then if he or she has acquired the necessary information.
  • When the exercise portion of this test is completed, the treadmill will gradually slow down.  A staff member will be standing beside the treadmill to assist you at all times.

 

Nuclear Stress Test and Persantine Stress Test
(also called Thallium Stress Test or Medication Stress Test)

Preparation

  • Do not eat, drink, or use tobacco products past midnight the night before your scheduled test.
  • Do not eat or drink on the morning of your test. 
  • Discontinue caffeine and decaf products the day before the exam, as even decaffeinated products contain a small amount of caffeine.
  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, such as gym clothing and walking or running shoes (if you will be on the treadmill.)
  • Do not use oils, lotion, or powder on the day of your appointment. Deodorant is acceptable.
  • If you are pregnant or suspect you may be, please notify the staff before beginning the test.
  • Bring all medications you are currently taking, or a complete list of medications you are taking.
  • Stop taking xanthine-containing medications including: theophylline, aerolate, lufullin, marax tablets, respbid tablets, slo-bid gyrocaps, theo-extended release tablets, unidur, uniphyl, persantine, and dipyridamole 36 hours before the test.
  • If taking insulin, call the office at 770-991-2100 for specific instructions.
  • Thallium (Nuclear) and Persantine Stress tests can last as long as 4 hours, therefore, it may be a good idea to bring a light snack and drink for you to enjoy once your testing is complete.
  • If your insurance plan requires pre-authorization from you primary care provider, we request that you make those arrangements prior to your visit.

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6507 Professional Place, Riverdale,
Georgia 30274
Phone: 770-991-2100

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Locust Grove, Georgia 30248
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115 Sumner Road, Fayetteville,
Georgia 30214
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