Heart Disease Tests

Several tests diagnose possible heart disease. The choice of which (and how many) tests to perform depends on several things. These include a patient’s risk factors, history of heart problems, current symptoms and the doctor’s interpretation of these factors.

People being evaluated for possible heart disease are usually given simple tests first. Then more complicated ones may be used, if needed. Specific tests depend on the patient’s particular problem(s) and the physician’s assessment.

Some of these tests are noninvasive. That means they don’t involve inserting instruments or fluids into the body. Those that do are called invasive tests.

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WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF NONINVASIVE TESTS?

hamdulay heart foundation Resting electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
hamdulay heart foundation Signal-averaged electrocardiogram (SAECG)
hamdulay heart foundation Chest X-ray
hamdulay heart foundation Holter monitor (ambulatory electrocardiogram)
hamdulay heart foundation Echocardiogram
hamdulay heart foundation Exercise stress test
hamdulay heart foundation Computed tomography (CT) scan
hamdulay heart foundation Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
hamdulay heart foundation Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)

WHAT ARE NUCLEAR IMAGING TESTS?
hamdulay heart foundation MUGA scan
hamdulay heart foundation Thallium stress test
hamdulay heart foundation Technetium stress test
hamdulay heart foundation Pharmacologic stress test
hamdulay heart foundation PET test
hamdulay heart foundation Stress echocardiography

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER IMAGING TESTS?
hamdulay heart foundation Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
hamdulay heart foundation Cardiac catheterization (“cath”) — also known as coronary angiography

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