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Heart Disease

Alternate Names : Cardiac Disease

Heart Disease | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the disease diagnosed?

Heart disease is often suspected after a medical history is taken and a physical exam is performed. Further tests may be done to determine the type, severity, and cause of the heart condition. These may include:

  • blood and urine tests
  • cardiac catheterization, a special X-ray done with a contrast agent to look at the heart and its blood supply
  • chest X-ray
  • echocardiogram, which uses sound waves to view the beating heart
  • electrocardiogram, or EKG, which shows the electrical activity of the heart
  • stress EKG tests, in which the person either walks on a treadmill or receives a medicine while the effects on the heart are examined with an EKG or imaging test

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    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/08/01

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