Tuesday, January 10, 2012

These Heart Tests Can Determine If You Have Heart Disease

Heart tests assess if your hearts are healthy or if they have been weakened or damaged by Coronary Artery Disease oratherosclerosis of the coronary arteries the disease that causes the fatal heart attack.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the western world. Over 1,500,000 occur annually in the United States alone. Over 50% of those are fatal, ending in immediate death.
Doctors perform certain heart tests to determine if you have heart disease.
When you have symptoms of heart disease or you are having angina, there is a need to be tested for heart disease. These heart tests can determine, if you are having a heart attack or not.
These are the tests that doctors use, to diagnose heart disease. Familiarizing yourselves with the tests, educating yourself about them, eliminates any fears and anxieties you may have.

Heart Tests

EKG, ECG, or Electrocardiogram. is the most popular test given to determine abnormalities in the heart muscle. Understanding the basics of the EKG, ECG, and Electrocardiogram can alleviate the anxiety of taking the test.
Blood Tests by taking a sample of our blood and analyzing the composition of the lipids and the enzymes, doctors can determine the risk level for heart disease, and if there was any damage done to the heart muscle.
An X-ray to determine heart disease A chest x-ray images parts of the Cardiovascular system. A chest x-ray can assess parts of the cardiovascular system.
Nuclear Stress Test is a test given in two parts the exercise part and the resting part. Taking both the exercise nuclear stress test and a resting nuclear stress test can determine if there is insufficient oxygen reaching the heart muscle.
Angiogram is the final test to assess coronary artery disease. An angiogram is an invasive procedure done to find the blockages in the coronary arteries.
Echocardiogram testing the heart muscle. testing the heart muscle. Echocardiogram is a test done to determine the strength of the heart muscle. Echocardiograms show several aspects of the hearts health.
CT Scans to check coronary artery calcification CT scans early detection of heart disease also know as EBCT is a fairly new CT scan being used to determine calcification in the arteries and heart disease.

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