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Are there tests for clogged arteries?

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Yes. There are several. Your doctor will decide which ones you need based on your symptoms and medical history. They include:

  • Cholesterol screening
  • Chest X-ray
  • CT scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Echocardiogram and/or cardiac stress test
  • Electrocardiogram
  • MRI or PET scanning
  • Angiogram

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: ''Atherosclerosis.''

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: ''Atherosclerosis.''

American Heart Association: ''Peripheral Heart Disease.''

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: ''Atherosclerosis.''

WebMD Medical Reference: ''Coronary Artery Disease.''

Society for Vascular Surgery, VascularWeb: ''Carotid Artery Disease, Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attacks.''

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 7, 2020

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: ''Atherosclerosis.''

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: ''Atherosclerosis.''

American Heart Association: ''Peripheral Heart Disease.''

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: ''Atherosclerosis.''

WebMD Medical Reference: ''Coronary Artery Disease.''

Society for Vascular Surgery, VascularWeb: ''Carotid Artery Disease, Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attacks.''

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 7, 2020

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