Diagnosis & Tests
Exactly when do you go from having risk factors to having heart disease?
These links take you to information on the tests a doctor uses to diagnose
The first step is getting a doctor's exam. Here's a description of what the
doctor will do.
Whether you spell it EKG or ECG, it's an electrocardiogram. Learn the basics
Why get a chest X-ray? What happens? Click here for quick answers.
Does your heart respond well to exertion? That's what a stress test looks
for. Here's a straightforward description, including how to prepare for a
The head-up tilt table test is used to help find the cause of fainting
spells. Here's what you need to know.
There are several variations on the echocardiogram, or "echo," as
doctors call it. Learn about these ultrasound-like tests of the heart -- and
find out what to expect -- here.
Cardiac catheterization -- also called a coronary angiogram -- means running
a catheter into your heart. It's done to help doctors see what's going on in
there, and whether they need to operate. Here's where to learn about it.
Electrophysiology -- the EP test -- takes measurements of your heart rhythm
-- recording the electrical activity and pathways of your heart. Start
preparing for it by clicking here.
Computed tomography (CT scan) of the heart can visualize your heart’s
anatomy. Calcium-score heart scan and coronary CT angiography are just a few
types used to diagnose heart disease.
A myocardial biopsy is when a doctor uses a special catheter to remove a
piece of your heart tissue for examination. Click here to learn why it's
A heart MRI is a great way for doctors to get a look -- from the outside --
at how your heart is working. Read about it here.
Pericardiocentesis -- also called a pericardial tap -- means using a needle
to get a sample of the fluid in the sac surrounding the heart. Here's what you
need to know.