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Can A Blood Test Show Heart Problems
Many: There are thousands of different blood tests and many of these show different types of disorders ranging from treatable infections to advanced cancers and genetic disorders. Is a particular blood test of concern to you? ...Read more
It depends...: If we are talking of the specific cancer type: leukaemia or lymphoma (depending on the type) than, yes, these cancers can be detected in routine blood test. Cancers of solid organs do not present as abnormality in the routine blood test.However, certain changes (anemia) can trigger a search for possible cause, bleeding from colon cancer, for example. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: If depends on the test done. There are thousands of different blood tests that look for different entities. See this site for more info. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/cardiovascular/blood_test_135, 49/. ...Read more
Does a heart ultra sound show coronary artery disease?Why would a stress test be ordered I have pre mature irregular heartbeats and low blood pressur
Yes. But, misses too: Blood test can show if you have currently active heart attack (troponin) and if you have had very recent heart attack (cpk/mb). Also, cardiac CRP can suggest risk of heart disease. High cholesterol can suggest risk of heart disease but many have it with normal heart. Blood tests can be ok still with heart problems. If doc suspects heart problem he will add ekg and echo (ultrasound) to blood work. ...Read more
Yes: There are a number of tests that can show heart muscle damage. The most sensitive one is a test called a troponin-i level. That is basically only found in the heart, and if it is elevated, it may indicate heart muscle damage. The question remains if it is a current heart attack, or if it happened before. That can only be determined if you get a series of tests in a row. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cbc: Yes, there are some abnormal features that you can see in CBC ( and peripheral blood smears) that would increase your suspicion towards certain blood cancer-for instance- circulating blast cells ( immature white blood cells) in acute leukemia, and other features that you can see in chronic leukemia- i.e. Cml, cll. You can not see any sign of solid cancer from cbc, however, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tilt table: This test is used to check changes in blood pressure when lying flat on a table and then when being upright ( perpendicular to the ground ). Some people have dizziness when they get out of bed and stand up.Their body does not adjust to postural changes.Gravity causes a drop in blood pressure.This test recreates these postural changes while monitoring the changes in blood pressure. ...Read more
Can an EKG treadmill test with normal results rule out heart disease? Or do I need other tests to test for CAD & heart structure problems or blockage?
Muscle damage: Ck is elevated in cases of damage to muscles, it included skeletal muscle, heart muscle and smooth muscle. There are different types of ck and pathologists can distinguish which muscle group may be affected. Ck is usually not affected in uncomplicated heart failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, may need biopsy.: A blood test can detect some lymphomas with high lymphocyte peripheral blood count, but fine needle aspiration of some lymph nodes, and/or a lymph node biopsy may be needed. This can be used to distinguish between types of lymphoma, like hodgkin's vs. Non-hodgkin's, mantle cell vs. B-cell, t-cell, infection, cancers, etc.. Specific markers for b and t cells are also used. ...Read more
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