How Do I Know If I Have a Heart Problem?
Your heart problem can't be treated correctly until you know what's wrong. That's why health screenings and diagnostic tests from blood work to nuclear stress testing are a great first line of defense for your heart health. These help your doctor determine your exact condition and choose the best treatment options for you. At Banner Health, our heart and vascular specialists offer the latest diagnostics and screening tools to identify your heart condition.
How Are Heart Problems Diagnosed?
One of the most common diagnostic tests for heart problems is an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). It records the electrical currents that cause the heart to beat to determine if you have an irregular rhythm. In some cases, you may need to wear a Holter monitor, a portable ECG that records results over several days.
Another common, noninvasive diagnostic test is an echocardiogram (echo), This test uses sound waves to see the structure and function of your heart.
If your doctor thinks you need more testing, you may need a stress test. During this test, we watch how exercise affects your heart during some kind of physical activity, such as walking on a treadmill.
In addition to these tests for heart and vascular diseases, we offer other screening and diagnostic exams: