How To Prepare
Tell your doctor if you:
- Are allergic to any medicines, including iodine, or to latex.
- Have any bleeding problems or take blood-thinning medicine (Reference anticoagulants Opens New Window), including any Reference nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) Opens New Window like aspirin or ibuprofen.
- Are or might be pregnant.
- Have Reference diabetes Opens New Window.
- Have ever had clots in your legs, groin, or pelvis.
- Have a filter in a large vein to prevent clots from traveling to the heart.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will show. To help you understand the importance of this test, fill out the medical test information form (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
Tell your doctors all the medicines, vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies you take. Some of these can increase the risk of bleeding or interact with anesthesia. Your doctor will tell you which medicines to take or stop before your procedure.
If you take blood-thinning medicine, be sure to talk to your doctor. He or she will tell you if you should stop taking this medicine before your procedure. Make sure that you understand exactly what your doctor wants you to do.
Arrange for someone to take you home after the test. You may not have to stay in the hospital overnight.
Do not eat or drink (except for a small amount of water) for a few hours before the test. If you are taking any medicines, ask your doctor if you should take them on the day of the test.
Take off any nail polish. That will make it easier for doctors and nurses to check the circulation in your fingers and toes.
Be sure to empty your bladder completely just before the test.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology