Diagnosing Heart Disease
Diagnosing heart disease at the Heart Center at Glendale Memorial is an intricate process that requires both physician skill and equipment technology. It begins with a physical exam to help the doctor determine what type of diagnostic test or procedure is necessary to fully diagnose heart disease.
- Electrocardiograph tests: evaluate the electrical activity generated by the heart at rest and with activity
- Invasive tests: involve the insertion of catheters into the heart's blood vessels to better see the coronary arteries
- Laboratory tests: utilize blood tests to both diagnose and monitor treatment
- Nuclear imaging tests: produce images by detecting radiation from different parts of the body after the administration of radioactive tracer material
- Radiographic tests: use x-ray, CT or MRI machines to create pictures of the internal structures of the chest
- Ultrasound tests: use ultrasound or high frequency sound waves to create graphic images of the heart's structures, pumping action and direction of blood flow
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