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What tests are used to diagnose a heart attack?

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To diagnose a heart attack:

  • An electrocardiogram (EKG) can show the extent and location of heart muscle damage.
  • Blood tests measure enzyme levels that show heart muscle damage. This helps a doctor figure out when the attack started.
  • An echocardiogram is an ultrasound that can show how the heart is pumping, what areas might not be pumping well, and if any parts of the heart are damaged.
  • Cardiac catheterization (angiogram) uses X-rays to find out how much the coronary arteries are blocked.

From: Heart Disease and Heart Attacks WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 05, 2018
Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 05, 2018

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