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Tests To Determine Heart Disease
Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more
What is the liklelyhood of 41 female smokes on BP med press good all tests normal will I get heart disease early.
Can't give you a %: BUT your risk is definitely increased significantly compared with a premenopausal woman, nonsmoker and with "all good tests". Tobacco is toxic to endothelium of all internal organs and cessation is highly recommended. Seriously consider it and even your lung function can normalise after 1 year of quitting tobacco. Numerous health benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What possible tests, should I undergo to rule out heart disease? I want to make sure that my heart is healthy enough. Please help
Exams: First you have an examination of your blood pressure and an examination of the heart and ekg to detect any signs of abnormal rhythm, scars or an enlarged heart or the presence of heart murmurs. If needed an echocardiogram will be ordered to check for enlarged chambers, state of the heart valves and heart muscle. To test for coronary artery disease a screening maximal treadmill stress test is done. ...Read more
Rheumatic heart : After diagnosis for rheumatic fever then over time can develop rheumatic heart disease. It usually develops many years after the initial diagnosis and affects individuals in the 5th or 6th decade of life. Valvular disease is best followed by regular echos or ultrasounds of the heart. ...Read more
85 - 90 %: If the stress test is combined with nuclear imaging, the sensitivity for picking up on coronary artery disease is 85-90%. If the stress test is done without imaging, the sensitivity is less. In interpreting stress test results, it is important to note the "pretest likelihood of disease". In a young healthy patient, a positive result is likely to be a false positive. ...Read more
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
What is the likelihood of 41 female who smokes and taking BP med getting heart disease early BP under control all tests normal.
You decide: You can calculate your own risk at http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov/ I entered the following for you (just my guesses): BP 110, Total cholesterol 160, HDL 50, Smoker, 41 yo, female; your risk of having a heart attack over the next 10 years would be 1%. If your numbers aren't as good as the one's I entered, your risk will be higher, but much lower if you stop smoking! Good luck to you! ...Read more
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
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
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