San Diego, CA Stress Test Cost Comparison

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A Stress Test in San Diego costs $1,199 on average when you take the median of the 25 medical providers who perform Stress Test procedures in San Diego, CA. The least expensive Stress Test in San Diego is $550 for a Pulmonary Tests (Stress Test) while the most expensive Stress Test list price is $1,200 for a Cardiovascular Stress Test. There are 2 different types of Stress Test provided in San Diego, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the San Diego providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Procedure Price Range
Cardiovascular Stress Test Cost Average $1,200 - $3,100 Free Quote
Pulmonary Tests (Stress Test) Cost Average $550 - $1,400 Free Quote

Compare Stress Test Providers in San Diego, CA

Facility City Type
Sharp and Childrens MRI Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Chula Vista Acute Care Hospital
Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego San Diego Childrens Hospital
Ucsd Center for Molecular Imaging San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Fallbrook Hospital Fallbrook Acute Care Hospital
Imaging Healthcare Specialists San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center/kaiser San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Ucsd Department of Radiology San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp and Children's MRI Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Palomar Medical Center Escondido Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Grossmont Hospital La Mesa Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Memorial Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Pacific Imaging and Treatment Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Encinitas Acute Care Hospital
Pomerado Hospital Poway Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla La Jolla Acute Care Hospital
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
San Diego Imaging Chula Vista Chula Vista Diagnostic Testing Facility
Paradise Valley Hospital National City Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Tri-city Medical Center Oceanside Acute Care Hospital
University of California, San Diego Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Scripps MRI Center at Encinitas Encinitas Diagnostic Testing Facility
San Diego Imaging - Chula Vista Chula Vista Diagnostic Testing Facility

Stress Test Patient Preparation

Do not eat or drink for three hours prior to the procedure. This reduces the likelihood of nausea that may accompany strenuous exercise after a heavy meal. If you are a diabetic, make sure you let your doctor know ahead of time so you can get specific instructions regarding your insulin prior to your Stress Test. A good rule of thumb for Insulin Dependent Diabetics is to eat a small meal 4 hours prior to your test and then take your insulin. For Non-Insulin Diabetics, eat a light meal 4 hours prior to your test and then take your oral medication. It is important to monitor your glucose levels prior to the test. Your glucose should be less than 150. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for exercise. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants a few days prior to the test in that they may affect the results of your test. Avoid skin oils and lubricants prior to the test in that it may inhibit the test electrodes from sticking to your skin. Check with your doctor but most likely heart medicines will need to be stopped one or two days prior to the test. Discuss all medications or herbal supplements you are taking prior to the test. Some of these may alter your test results and your physician and the technician should be aware of what you take prior to the test. Bring a list of all your medications with you for review by the facility.

What to expect during and after a Stress Test

A Stress Test is a relatively painless procedure. The only discomfort may be associated with the exercise performed in order to put the heart under stress and possibly the adhesives used to attach the electrical leads, electrodes, to your chest. The exam does not produce electricity, but simply records the electrical activity produced by a patient's heart. The overall preparation and test will take approximately 60 minutes not including waiting time. When the test is ready to be run a technician will bring the EKG machine to the patient and attach the leads onto the patient's chest with small stickers. Prior to starting to exercise, the technician will perform an EKG test to measure your heart rate and blood pressure at rest. Upon completion, you will be asked to run on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike to increase your heart rate. The EKG test will be on and monitored at regular intervals by the technician during your exercise. It is important to tell the technician if you feel chest, arm, or jaw pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, dizzy, lightheaded, or any other unusual symptoms. You will be asked to exercise until you feel exhausted or for about 10 to 12 minutes.

After the test you will cool down by walking or pedaling slowly for a few minutes. The EKG test will continue to be on to monitor your heart until all levels return to normal. Your EKG results will be interpreted by a trained doctor and then discussed with you directly.


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