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How is ischemic heart disease diagnosed?

Several tests are available for your doctor to confirm ischemic heart disease after an initial physical exam and blood tests are complete. The doctor may ask you to walk on a treadmill or to perform some other exercise to conduct a stress test to measure how your heart works during exertion. The doctor may also prescribe one or more of the following:

  • electrocardiogram (ECG) to measure the electrical impulses in your heart
  • echocardiogram to view images of the heart
  • computerized tomography (CT) scan to get a visual of the arteries
  • magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) which checks for blockages in the arteries
  • coronary catheterization - also known as an angiogram - to watch dye flow through the arteries to highlight narrowing and blockage and to open the passages

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