Important Medical Tests and Diagnosis for Heart Disease
Diagnosis for Heart Disease
Heart disease is any condition that affects your heart, such as coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, Heart valve disease and arrhythmia. The tests that you will need to diagnose your heart disease depend on what condition that your doctor thinks you might have. To diagnose heart disease, your doctor will perform a series of tests and evaluations. They may also use some of these tests to screen you for heart disease before you develop noticeable symptoms.
Diagnosis for Heart Disease
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about your personal and family medical history. The tests you’ll need to diagnose your heart disease depend on what condition your doctor thinks you might have. Besides blood tests and a chest X-ray, tests to diagnose heart disease can include:
- Electrocardiogram or ECG
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a short test that monitors the electrical activity in your heart. It records this activity on a strip of paper. Your doctor may use this test to check for an irregular heartbeat or heart damage.
- Holter monitoring
A Holter monitor is a portable ECG device you wear to continuously record your heart rhythm, usually for 24 to 72 hours. Holter monitoring is used to detect heart rhythm problems that aren’t found during a regular ECG exam.
This is a non-invasive exam that includes an ultrasound for your chest and helps to show detailed images of your heart’s structure and function.
- Stress test
During a stress test, the doctor may ask you to ride a stationary bike or walk or run on a treadmill for several minutes. They’ll monitor your body’s reaction to stress as your heart rate increases.
- Cardiac catheterization
While performing this test, a short tube is inserted into a vein or artery in your leg or arm. After that, a hollow, flexible and longer tube is inserted into the sheath. Here the doctor threads the guide catheter through the artery until it reaches your heart. Here the dye can be seen on an X-ray which helps the doctor to collect images of your heart and chest.
- Cardiac magnetic imaging or MRI
A cardiac MRI uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of your heart.
- Cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scan
In a cardiac CT scan, you lie on a table inside a doughnut-shaped machine. An X-ray tube inside the machine rotates around your body and collects images of your heart and chest.
Diagnostic at Bansal Diagnostic Centre
Our diagnostic centre provides the full range of non-invasive cardiology diagnosis, using state-of-the-art equipment. Our cardiologists work collaboratively to combine their expertise for the benefit of all Bansal Diagnostic Centre’s patients.
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