FAQ

Get answers to common questions about our
Cardiology diagnostic services in Barrie, Ontario and area.


What can I eat before my stress test?

Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, have a light meal only. Refrain from drinking coffee the morning of the test.

How long do I have to wait for results?

Results of the stress test will be explained to you by Dr. Visentin. Results are available within 24 to 48 hours upon completion of the test so answers are quick and anxieties are alleviated.

What is S.A.F.E Testing©?

S. A. F. E. Testing© is a philosophy of exercise stress testing uniquely developed and practiced by Dr. Visentin. Every test is supervised by the physician and manually adjusted to accommodate the person's capabilities. Evaluation encompasses a comprehensive assessment of all systems required to perform an exercise test, not just electrocardiogram assessment.

What do I wear for the exercise test?

Please come with comfortable walking shoes. You will be asked to undress from the waist up to facilitate placement of wires that allow for recording of heart rhythm. Women will be allowed to wear their bra.

How long will the test take?
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): 10 minutes
  • Exercise Test: 8 to 12 min, total time 30 minutes
  • Holter Hookup: 10 minutes, need to return monitor within 24 / 48 hours or 2 weeks later. Drop box available outside office.
  • Loop Hookup: 20 minutes, need to return monitor within 2 weeks
  • Echocardiogram: 45 minutes
  • Stress Echo: 75 minutes
  • Blood Pressure Monitor Hookup: 10 minutes
Will I be safe during my test?

The ECG, Holters, Loops, Echos are completely safe. Dr. Visentin is present for all stress tests and during intravenous infusions.

What do I do with my medications?

Take all medications as usual unless directed otherwise by the referring practitioner. Before chelation, make sure you have had a good meal.

What do I do if I have to cancel my appointment?

Please call South Simcoe Cardiac Services at 705-735-4685 to rebook your appointment. If you no longer wish the test, please call your healthcare practitioner to discuss your concerns.