Your doctor has several ways to try to diagnose your heart disease. One of those is a chest X-ray.
Your doctor uses a chest X-ray to:
- Look at your chest bones, heart, and lungs
- See if your pacemaker, defibrillator, or other heart devices are in place
- To check on any catheters and chest tubes you may have
What Happens During a Chest X-Ray?
You don’t need to do anything to get ready for it. But you do need to let the technician know if you could be pregnant.
Your X-ray will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll have to remove all of your clothes and jewelry from the waist up, and wear a hospital gown. And you have to stand very still while you hold your breath.
The process is painless and simple. It can show your doctor if you have:
- Fluid in or around your lungs
- Enlarged heart
- Blood vessel problems, such as an aortic aneurysm. This is a bulge in your aorta, the vessel that carries blood from your heart to your chest and beyond.
- Congenital heart disease (heart problems you’re born with)
- Calcium build-up in the heart or blood vessels, which could make a heart attack more likely