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Heart Attack (myocardial infarction)

Screening and Testing for Heart Attack

Heart attack testing procedures are usually performed in the emergency room and now often time in the ambulance. These include an ECG chest x-ray, blood tests, stress test, angiogram and CT scan.

  • ECG (EKG or electrocardiogram) records the heart’s electrical activity for analysis to determine abnormal heart rhythms and/or damage to the heart muscles.  It alone can be diagnostic of an acute heart attack
  • Cardiac stress test is performed while the patient is exercising, usually on a treadmill, and connected to an ECG machine. This is performed to get a better risk assessment of a person who is at risk for a heart attack or who has already had one in the past
  • Angiogram (arteriogram) is a catheter-assisted imaging procedure to view arteries by using a contrast dye and X-ray.
  • CT scan (CAT scan or computed tomography scan) is a combination of X-ray and computer technology that shows detailed cross-sections of the body’s bones, muscles, organs, fat, and with certain scanners, visualization of the heart arteries themselves

Locations for Heart Attack (myocardial infarction)