General Internal Medicine Group uses non-invasive tests such as echocardiography to diagnose and prevent heart-related illness and limit the need for invasive procedures such as surgery or heart catheterization. This is available only on recommendation of your medical physician.

Cardiac Stress Echocardiogram

If you schedule a cardiac stress echo test with us to determine the condition of your heart, please follow the instructions below to prepare for your appointment:

  • Do not eat or drink anything for 3 hours prior to the exam.
  • For 12 hours before the exam, do not perform any unusual physical exercise or activity.
  • Notable medications are beta-blocker blood pressure medications such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol/XL), and propranolol (Inderal/LA).
  • Please bring a list of all current medications with you for the exam.
  • If you are a smoker, do not smoke for 3 hours prior to the exam.
  • If you are on any medication, consult your physician to determine if you should take it as directed prior to the test.
  • Wear running shoes and clothing suited for exercise, such as loose fitting pants/sweats or shorts and short-sleeve shirt. Women should wear a brassiere.
  • Please bring a towel for your personal use.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Fairfax office at 703-573-9800.

CoVID 19 AlertIGIMG is Committed to the Safety of our Patients

We ask that all our patients with respiratory symptoms who wish to be evaluated, call us first. We are attempting to dedicate certain hours during the day for these specific evaluations and thank you for your cooperation!

Before coming in for an appointment, please inform the office if you have traveled in the last 14 days or if you have been in close contact with someone who has traveled or been diagnosed with the corona virus.

We are open and available for any symptoms that require an in office evaluation. We are open 8am to 5pm  Monday – Friday.  Evening and Saturday hours have been temporarily suspended.

We encourage VIDEO VISITS for appropriate acute or chronic problems. You may schedule a videovisit via our Patient Portal and will be evaluated by an IGIMG Practitioner. Patients with Medicare Part B may now also schedule a video visit for acute and chronic problems.

We are also scheduling TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS, given the large number of phone calls we are receiving.

For additional information on the Coronoavirus , please visit the CDC website.
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