Diagnostic Tests for Heart disease


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

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Heart disease: Which medical tests will help me keep track of any heart or blood vessel problems?

  • Have your blood pressure checked every time you see your doctor. Ask your doctor what your blood pressure is and what it should be.

  • Your doctor may order an exercise stress test to see if you have any problems. The doctor will see how your heart performs during exercise.

  • Have your blood fats checked once each year. This checkup includes four tests:

    • Blood cholesterol. Your number should be 200 or lower. 
    • LDL (bad cholesterol). Your number should be 100 or lower. 
    • HDL (good cholesterol). Your number should be 45 or higher. 
    • Triglycerides (try-GLISS-er-ides) (the form in which energy is stored in your fat cells). Your number should be 200 or lower.

If your numbers are not normal, ask your doctor if you should take medicine to make them normal. 1


BLOOD PRESSURE CATEGORIES IN WOMEN
(18 YEARS AND OLDER)*

Blood pressure is shown as two numbers--the systolic pressure as the heart is beating and the diastolic pressure between heartbeats. Both numbers are important.

Blood Pressure Level in mmHg

Category

Systolic

 

Diastolic

Optimal**

<120

and

<80

Normal

<130

and

<85

High-normal

130-139

or

85-89

Hypertension      

Stage 1

140-159

or

90-99

Stage 2

160-179

or

100-109

Stage 3

>=180

or

>=110

2

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



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Keep your heart and blood vessels healthy: NIDDK
2. excerpt from NHLBI Heart Disease & Women Are You At Risk: NHLBI

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