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AT A GLANCE BY MISTI CRANE

PUT YOUR
TICKER TO
THE TEST
A guide to the tools
doctors use to determine
your heart health
Chest pain. Shortness of
breath. Dizziness. Sweating.
Fatigue. All sorts of symptoms can leave our doctors wondering
whether poor heart health is to blame.
Fortunately, cardiologists have at their
disposal a bevy of tests that help them
discover the source of trouble and set
us on the path to wellness, says Martha
Gulati, MD, editor-in-chief of the
American College of Cardiology's
CardioSmart.org.

WEBSITE

Be Prepared
for Your Doc

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SUMM ER 2017

In this test, often called
an ECG or EKG, leads attached
to your chest with adhesive
measure your heart's electrical
activity, recording its rhythm
and detecting skipped beats.
It can help doctors determine
whether you're having a heart
attack and give them insight
into damage in the heart. You
might be asked to take this test
while walking on a treadmill or
riding a stationary bike so your
cardiologist can observe your
heartbeat under stress.

CHEST X-RAY

Heart and lung
disease can be intertwined,
and this test provides a
glimpse at both. X-ray
images allow cardiologists
to look at the size of
your heart and can reveal
problems such as a cracked
rib, the pain from which
might mimic heart disease.

NUCLEAR STRESS
TEST To show blood

flow to the heart, a radioactive
liquid is injected into your
vein. A special camera detects
the radiation, producing
computer images of your heart.
Combined with exercise, the
test can determine whether
enough blood is reaching your
heart during activity and rest.

ILLUSTRATION BY THINKSTOCK

If you have heart failure, good
communication with your
doctor is critical. For a list of
questions to ask about your
condition, visit heart.org and
search "heart failure questions."

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM


http://www.CardioSmart.org http://www.heart.org

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