Diagnostic Tests for Heart attack


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Diagnostic Test list for Heart attack: The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Heart attack includes:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Heart attack: Doctors also have a new fast test for a heart attack. It1

Once you get help, you will undergo tests to see if a heart attack has actually occurred. Some tests are done at the hospital, while others can be done by emergency medical personnel who come in an ambulance.

Key heart attack tests are:

Electrocardiogram . This is a graphic record of the electrical activity of the heart as it contracts and relaxes. The ECG can detect abnormal heartbeats, some areas of damage, inadequate blood flow, and heart enlargement.
 

Blood test. A blood test will be done routinely to check for enzymes or other substances that are released when cells begin to die. These are "markers" of the amount of damage to your heart.
 

Nuclear scan. This test shows areas of the heart that lack blood flow and are damaged. It also can reveal problems with the heartís pumping action. A small amount of radioactive material is injected into a vein, usually in the arm. A scanning camera positioned over the heart records whether the nuclear material is taken up by the heart muscle or not . The camera also can evaluate how well the heart muscle pumps blood. This test can be done during both rest and exercise, enhancing the usefulness of its results.
 

Coronary angiography . This test is used to check blockages and narrowed areas inside coronary arteries. A fine tube is threaded through an artery of an arm or leg up into the heart. A dye that shows up on X ray is then injected into the blood vessel, and the vessels and heart are filmed as the heart pumps. The picture is called an angiogram or arteriogram.

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Diagnosis of Heart attack: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to diagnosis of Heart attack:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Facts About Heart Disease and Women: NHLBI
2. excerpt from Testing For A Heart Attack: NHLBI

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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