How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Most experts agree that you should visit your doctor for an exam before getting a heart scan. This can provide additional information on your heart attack risk for your doctor to consider. This exam should include:

  • A review of your medical history and your family medical history
  • A physical exam, including blood pressure measurement
  • A risk assessment, including questions about your exercise and smoking habits
  • Blood tests, including your cholesterol levels

Your doctor may ask you to avoid caffeine and smoking for four hours before the test. Otherwise, you don't need any special preparations to have a heart scan.

May. 01, 2013