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.