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What are the Different Types of Cardiac Testing?

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There are many ways that a doctor can determine if you have heart disease, are at risk of heart disease and/or the causes of a heart attack. Even the healthiest individuals can be at risk of cardiac problems due to genetics so it is important to get tested no matter what your lifestyle is. With the many different types of cardiac testing, doctors can help you in preventing a current problem from worsening or a future problem from developing. Below are the different types of cardiac testing methods that doctors have available to them:

  1. Electrocardiogram

    This is a noninvasive test. Electrodes are attached to the surface of your chest, skin, arms and legs. These electrodes will transmit electrical impulses to the EKG machine to measure the rate of the heartbeat and the presence of any damage to the heart.

  2. Echocardiogram

    This is another noninvasive test. An echocardiogram machine uses an ultrasound to study the heart. The doctor can see the heart in action so he or she can see how it is working, if the blood flow is normal and its overall health as a result.

  3. Stress Test

    This is also non-invasive test. You will be hooked up to the technology of the Electrocardiogram test, while being physically active (i.e. running on a treadmill). This will help the doctor see how your heart performs under stressful conditions.

  4. Cardiac Catherization

    This is an invasive test in which a catheter will be inserted into a chamber or vessel of the heart. This test will help a doctor diagnose any suspected heart ailments and assess whether heart surgery is necessary.

  5. Heart MRIs

    This is a safe and noninvasive test that is used to create detailed images of your heart using radio waves, magnets and a computer. This test gives a lot of detail in regards to the anatomy and functioning of the heart, and can help assess many conditions including the damage caused by a heart attack.

  6. Chest X-Ray

    This is a simple, noninvasive test that will provide some insight to your heart health. It will help the doctor see where the problem is stemming from, whether it is the heart, ribs or lungs. Usually further tests are performed after a chest x-ray to confirm the diagnosis.

  7. Cardiac CT

    A cardiac CT is a test that uses an x-ray machine to take detailed pictures of your heart. A computer will put the pictures taken by the x-ray into a three-dimensional picture of the entire heart. Your doctor may inject contrast dye into your veins to highlight your coronary arteries in the pictures.

  8. Nuclear Testing

    This type of test involves injecting a safe radioactive substance into your bloodstream. Special cameras outside your body can detect this energy inside your heart and create pictures of the organ. Nuclear testing is typically used to see how blood is flowing to the heart muscle, look for damaged muscle, and determine how well your heart is pumping blood to your body.

If you wish to learn more about the cardiac testing offered by Heart Health Institute, contact us today.

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