How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You may be asked not to eat, drink or smoke for two hours or more before an exercise stress test. You can take your medications as usual, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

If you use an inhaler for asthma or other breathing problems, bring it with you to the test. Make sure your doctor and the health care team member monitoring your stress test know that you use an inhaler.

Wear or bring comfortable clothes with you to the exercise stress test.

Dec. 09, 2011