Your Medical Tests Explained

Essential tips: Don't apply body lotion beforehand; the electrodes will slide off. Wear comfortable clothes and don't forget your sneakers. Avoid big meals and caffeine before your appointment. Note: You can't wear a bra during the test, so expect to bounce around a little.

You should get results: Immediately for the blood pressure and EKG.

Soothe the Waiting-for-Results Jitters

Try these natural anxiety relievers recommended by Shelley Wroth, MD, director of clinical services at the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine.

Studies show that listening to music you love will help keep you calm both before and during a procedure.

Concentrating on your breath elicits a relaxation response. Sprinkle a piece of cloth with lavender oil and use it during the breathing exercise.

Much research has proven acupuncture effective for post-op pain and nausea. For best results, start 3 to 4 weeks before your procedure and continue with a few sessions afterward when cleared by your physician.

Anxiously awaiting medical results? Journaling about your experience for 20 minutes can calm you and help you better process the experience.

THE EXPERTS

Jennifer Christie, MD, director of gastrointestinal motility, Emory University School of Medicine

Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the Women's Heart Program, New York University

Cheryl Iglesia, MD, director of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Carol H. Lee, MD, chair, American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission, and attending radiologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City

Tri H. Nguyen, MD

Jill Maura Rabin, MD, chief of urogynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY

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