Your doctors have many different cardiac tests at their disposal, all very effective at determining what your condition is and how it should be treated. Learn more about what to expect during that particular test, what your doctor is looking for and what you should do to prepare.
Cardiac Non-Invasive Tests
CCTA Scan (Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram)
A painless and non-invasive CT Scan that detects the presence of soft plaque build-up in your coronary arteries and to what extent it may be life threatening. More information on CCTA
Cardiac catheterization is a common, relatively painless, nonsurgical procedure that can help your doctor diagnose a heart problem. In some cases, catheterization can be used to treat heart disease, as well.
Doctors recommend a carotid scan to detect whether the artery has become sclerotic (hardened), thrombotic (swollen), or occluded (narrowed or plugged).
It allows doctors to look at your heart, lungs, and other chest organs. A chest x-ray may be recommended if you are experiencing chest pain, difficulty breathing, or a persistent cough. See more information on x-rays
Dobutamine Stress Echo
A Dobutamine Stress Echo is an echocardiogram performed under stress.
Echocardiogram with Doppler
The echocardiogram is an ultrasound evaluation of your heart. It provides information regarding how your heart is functioning.
An electrocardiogram demonstrates how your heart functions at rest by recording electrical activity generated by your heart.
With this test, the doctor is studying the electrical function of your heart to detect and treat arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms).
An enzyme level test is an evaluation of the levels of certain enzymes in your blood, which may higher risk for heart attack or stroke.
Analyzing a lipid profile helps doctors evaluate your blood pressure to better determine your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Stress MUGA (Multi-gated Acquisition)
The doctor is looking to see how the heart pumps blood and how the walls of the heart move under stress conditions.
In this test, the doctor wants to see how your electrocardiogram, blood pressure and heart rate respond during exercise.
This is another test where the doctor is checking to see how the heart pumps during exercise. This test includes an echocardiogram of your heart at rest and again after you have walked on a treadmill.
A tilt table test is used to investigate the reasons for fainting spells by evaluating heat reflexes that can cause blood pressure to fall and the heart to beat slowly.
The test will evaluate the flow of blood through the chambers of the heart; evaluate the function of the heart valves, and assess the condition of the great vessels in the heart.
24-Hour Holter Monitor
The doctor is looking for abnormal heartbeats during a 24-hour period.