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How Do You Test For Heart Disease
Cardiac testing: There are lots of 'good tests', we choose by what we need to know. ECG gives us general rate, rhythm and some other info. Echocardiography shows anatomy, physiology and some other info. Nuclear imaging can show anatomy, some physiology and other info. Radiographic angiograpy is very important for coronary anatomy. There are plenty of other 'good tests' too. ...Read more
Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems with his heart, which includes both birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks, leaky heart valves, heart failure, viral infections ...Read more
None: There is no single test.Get a more detailed answer ›
I've had some tests done, but what test exactly determines if you have heart disease or terrible anxiety? 'anxiety' been ruining my life for years now
Some, not all: The echocardiogram gives good pictures of the heart valves and the functioning of the heart muscle. It will detect valve problems and poorly functioning heart muscle. It does not evaluate all of the heart - it is not useful for evaluating the electrical function of the heart (arrhythmias) and not the best test for looking at the coronary arteries. Hence an ECG is useful as well as stress test. ...Read more
A good test: But it is only suggestive and cannot tell you whether you have any coronary artery disease. It does give great information about heart size, function, and generalized blood flow under physical stress but does not define the anatomy of the coronary artery system. At your age and without congenital heart disease would doubt there is a serious issue. ...Read more
41 female no heart disease all blood and strs test normal on BP med press good I smoke can this alone cause me to have a sudden heart attack?
AbsolutelyStressTest: of very low value because they are totally incapable of detecting arterial disease. They are only partially capable of detecting complications of very advanced arterial disease, i.e. severe narrowing (e.g. >75%) due to clots over previous plaque ruptures; see the illustration I have attached. While EKG stress tests work best, they are still very insensitive; Docs perform because insurance pays. ...Read more
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