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.
Here's how to know if you will need the essential medical care that comes with a heart disease diagnosis -- to stabilize the condition immediately, control symptoms over the long term, and cure the disease when possible.
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.
The head-up tilt table test is used to help find the cause of fainting
spells. Here's what you need to know.
Electrophysiology -- the EP test -- takes measurements of your heart rhythm and records 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.