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What should I expect if my doctor thinks I've had a heart attack?

If a heart attack is suspected, doctors will order a blood test and an electrocardiogram to test for changes in certain enzymes in the bloodstream and any disruption to the heart's electrical impulses. One such blood test detects changed levels of troponin, a protein that leaks from the heart muscle when it is damaged. Healthcare professionals may also check levels of enzymes called creatine kinase to determine if you have had a heart attack or if other muscles in your body have been damaged. Creatine kinase almost always rises in people who have had a heart attack, but levels of the enzyme can also be elevated for other reasons. Your healthcare professional will most likely perform other tests to exclude other medical conditions.

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