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Aug 21, 2013 09:34 AM

Good light supper before stress test ideas?

DH has to have an annual stress test tomorrow. The last one he had as an inpatient last summer....hopefully, no inpatient stuff tomorrow.

He's not going to eat breakfast before the test (it's at 10am). Should he have a spartan supper? Salad? Light protein? Anyone have any experience with this? I know it's not like eating for a marathon, but I want to make sure he's fed and ready.

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  1. Cardiac stress tests are designed to see how a patient responds to physical exertion - the process is pretty similar to an interval workout (unless the person has medical issues that preclude an exercise test, in which case they'll do an imaging test instead). Whatever he normally eats for dinner is fine, he just needs to have enough energy to complete the workout.

    Oh, and be sure he doesn't have any caffeine from now until the test!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Yeah, they're doing the treadmill one. Thank you, GHG. No caffeine EVER for him....even before we knew he had AFib, even a small cup of it in the morning would keep him sleepless until 2am. Mr. Sensitive (snort). :-)

      1. re: pinehurst

        AFib runs in my family so I know the drill. Fortunately I haven't needed to start taking meds or give up caffeine...yet.

        I hope the test goes well tomorrow!

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Thank you for the good thoughts-- I mean it!

    2. I get regular stress tests for my job. They're usually at 6am so I have an early dinner though it doesn't much matter what I eat-I just try to load up on protein since I hate being hungry... I don't eat breakfast but I'm not sure if that's for the stress test or the bloodwork they do.

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      1. re: Hobbert

        Yes...he's having bloodwork, too Hobbert. They're running a lipid panel, so no eating after midnight (not that he would've, but good point).

          1. re: mcf

            Thank you!! We were happy (still AFib, but no space aliens detected living in his chest or anythang).

            {{mcf}}} (that was a hug)

            1. re: pinehurst

              Oh, I do hate when there are space aliens.

              Ruins yer whole day. ;-)

              High fives all around!