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What are tests to diagnose atherosclerosis?

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The one test that can directly show blocked arteries is called angiography:

  • A thin tube is put inside an artery in one of your legs or arms.
  • It’s then threaded through your body's maze of branching arteries.
  • Injected dye shows arteries -- and any blockages -- on a monitor.

From: Diagnosing Atherosclerosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lorenz, M., , 2007. Circulation

Yusuf, S., , 2004. Lancet

Richard Stein, MD, national spokesman, American Heart Association; professor of medicine and director of urban community cardiology program, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 01, 2019

SOURCES:

Lorenz, M., , 2007. Circulation

Yusuf, S., , 2004. Lancet

Richard Stein, MD, national spokesman, American Heart Association; professor of medicine and director of urban community cardiology program, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 01, 2019

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