Screening Tests for Your Heart (Heart Health)
Your physician can determine whether you have heart disease by taking a test, or a series of tests. These tests can also help determine the severity of your condition. If your doctor doesn’t mention tests, be sure to ask whether they could be helpful. Most screening tests are done outside the body and are painless. After taking a careful medical history and doing a physical examination, your doctor may give you one or more of the following:
Carotid doppler ultrasound uses sound waves to detect blockages and narrowing of the carotid artery, both of which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) is a superfast scan that provides a snapshot of the calcium buildup in your coronary arteries. It can detect heart disease before you feel any symptoms.
High-sensitivity C-reactive protein blood test measures the level of this protein in your blood. High levels mean inflammation in the artery walls, which may raise your heart disease risk.