Health background: I smoke, I drink, I work hard and I play harder . . . nuff said on that.
The instructions given to me when this test was scheduled include a segment that is titled "How to Prepare". (the actual instructions are recorded below in black. My comments are in RED)
- Wear Comfortable, casual clothes Duh! and good walking shoes. Do you suppose it would be okay to be barefoot?
- On the Morning of the test, you may eat a light breakfast if you wish, but no later than one hour before the test. My breakfast usually includes 2 cups of coffee, cigarettes and a side order of email & facebook
- Please refrain from alcohol, No problem, coffee Ooops! and cigarettes Now come on! for at least 2 hours before the test. So, What you're saying is NO breakfast! Seriously, If we're going through all the trouble of a stress test, wouldn't it be more productive if we made it as realistic as possible???? I mean, I can't think of a two hour span in which I am not smoking or drinking coffee or both prior to 3:00 in the afternoon. I'm already getting stressed just thinking about it! Isn't the whole point of a stress test to see how my ticker reacts when pushed? . . . If it's going to react negatively, it'll do it a whole lot quicker if I just do my normal routine prior to, and right up to the point where I'm walking into the hospital. It'll save a whole lot of time if we do it MY way. Just sayin.
For now . . . I'm planning on being back on the streets within one hour of the test . . . hopefully it's not in an ambulance ;-)