Which Cardiac Tests Are Right for You And Which Ones Should You Avoid?
Cardiac testing can help diagnose a condition, or can help monitor your hearts health over time.

Which Cardiac Tests Are Right for You And Which Ones Should You Avoid?

Many tests are appropriate only if youre having symptoms or are at high risk for a heart condition. But in some cases, follow-up tests make sense, especially after a procedure.

Dozens of tests can measure the health of your heart and your entire cardiovascular system. Some reveal the health of your arteries. Others monitor your heart’s electrical activity. And additional tests can gauge the functioning of your heart valves and how strongly your heart beats during exertion. But some tests use radiation. Some of these screenings are quite expensive, and are covered by insurance only in certain circumstances. And, perhaps most importantly, many cardiac tests are useful only for specific patients. An expensive and powerful cardiac test may not reveal anything useful for you and your physician.

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