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