A 48-year-old male asked:
stress test or heart cath for beter results ?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Linda Gromko answered
47 years experience Family Medicine
Different info/risk: In a stress test, you have an echocardiogram (sound wave test to evaluate the muscle squeeze, valve function, etc), you exercise, and then get re-echo'd to see if the heart acts differently at peak activity. A heart cath or angiogram involves placing a catheter in the groin, feeding it up to the big vessels that lead into the heart, and injecting contrast to assess blockages. More risk, more info.
Answered on Jul 7, 2019
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