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What do doctors ask during a medical evaluation of the heart?

Your doctors will talk with you about:
  • The kind of heart problem you have, the symptoms it's causing, and how long you have had symptoms
  • Your history and past treatment for heart problems, including surgeries, procedures, and medicines
  • Your family's history of heart problems
  • Your history of other health problems and conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Your age and general health
The doctors also may do blood tests, such as a complete blood count, a cholesterol test, and other tests as needed. Tests that doctor may perform on you are as follows:
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • EKG (Electrocardiogram)
  • Stress Test
  • Echocardiography
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Aortogram
  • Chest X Ray
  • Cardiac Computed Tomography Scan
  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
This answer from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

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