How do I prepare for a Stress Test?

How do I prepare for a Stress Test?

The following are instructions for an Exercise Treadmill Test:


Please take all medications as prescribed by your cardiologist with exception of any medications that you were asked to hold at the time of scheduling.


No caffeine or decaffeinated beverages  (i.e. coffee, tea, sodas, chocolate).

Test Schedule

If your exercise treadmill test is scheduled for the morning, do not eat breakfast.

If your exercise treadmill test is scheduled for the afternoon, do not eat for at least four (4) hours before the test. Breakfast should be light (cereal, toast, juice). Lunch should also be light (fruit, salad, juice).

What to Wear

Wear or bring appropriate clothing, rubber-soled running, flat or walking shoes are needed (no slippers, clogs or thongs). Pant legs should not be excessively long so as to get caught in the moving equipment. 

Men – Should bring or wear gym shorts, Bermuda shorts or plain loose-fitting trousers, and shirts that button in the front (no overalls). 

Women – Should bring or wear short-sleeved, loose-fitting blouses that button in the front, and shorts or loose-fitting trousers. No dresses, one-piece undergarments or panty hose should be worn.

Should you have to cancel your appointment

Please notify the scheduling department at 254-399-5400?  Please give us at least 24-hours’ notice, if you are unable to keep your appointment.

Charles A. Shoultz, III, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Rodney A. Brown, M.D., F.A.C.C.
William R. Pitts, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Donald S. (Buck) Cross, M.D., F.A.C.C. • Andrew K. Day, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Sherwin F. Attai, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Shawn J. Skeen, M.D. F.A.C.C.   •   Harvey R. Chen, M.D. F.A.C.C.
Adam M. Falcone, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Brian C. Barnett, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Timothy N. Ball, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Clay M. Barbin, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Diplomates, American Board of Internal Medicine,
Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology