C-health COVID-19 Update

Dipyridamole Stress Test

A test used to assess the response of heart muscle to stress induced by a medication called dipyridamole.

The dipyridamole stress test is used to assess the response of the heart muscle to increased stress when it is not possible to do an exercise stress. This test helps evaluate known, suspected or potential heart problems.

How to Prepare for this Test

Please do not take any of the following medications on the morning of your test:

  • All Beta Blockers and certain Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic)
  • Diltiazem (Cardizem)
  • Metoprolol (Lopressor)
  • Verapamil (Isoptin, Chronovera)
  • Acebutolol (Sectral)
  • Monocor (Bisoprolol)
  • Nadolol (Corgard)
  • Timolol (Blocadren)
  • Propranolol (Inderal)
  • Labetalol (Normodyne)
  • Sotolol (Sotacor)
  • Pindolol (Visken)

On the morning of your stress test please do not have any caffeine to eat or drink, and do not apply any oils, powders, or lotions to your skin.

What Happens During this Test

Self-adhesive electrodes will be attached on your chest prior to beginning the test. An IV will be placed into your arm and the dipyridamole medicine will be delivered through this.

During the procedure, your pulse, blood pressure and heart tracing will be carefully monitored until you achieve your age predicted target heart rate. The cardiotech will remain at your side and the physician will be present in the room, or in direct visual contact with you, throughout the procedure.

Emergency equipment and trained personnel are available to deal with any unusual situations that may arise.