Atherosclerosis tests

Tests could include:

  • A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) is a series of cross-sectional X-ray images of your body. CT scans are used to examine your bones and soft tissues for damage or abnormalities. Often, these images can be combined to create a 3D pict...
  • If you or someone you love has suffered from a blood clot, stroke, heart disease, or similar health problem, your doctor may recommend a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) exam. Similar to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), an MRA is a test that ...
  • An arteriography helps your doctor understand how your arteries are functioning and if there are any problems, such as blood clots, injured blood vessels, or an artery disease. "Arterio" refers to arteries, and "graphy" refers to the process of re...
  • An arteriogram is a procedure that produces an image of your arteries. Your doctor will use dye (called "contrast material") and X-rays to observe the flow of blood through your arteries and observe any blockage. This procedure, also known as an a...
  • Until recently, angiography was the best method for assessing blood vessel function. This procedure involves injecting a contrast agent into the blood and using an X-ray to determine if a blood vessel is working properly. Improvements in blood ves...
  • An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. The technology is similar to that used by sonar and radar, which help the military detect planes and ships. An ultrasoun...
  • A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is a noninvasive test that uses magnets and radio waves to create images of the inside of your body. It allows doctors to see details of your organs and tissues without having to make any incisions. Accordin...
  • A complete cholesterol test (also called a lipid panel or lipid profile) measures the amount of "good" and "bad" cholesterol and the level of triglycerides in your blood. Cholesterol is a soft, waxy fat that your body needs to function properly. H...
  • An electrocardiogram (also known as an ECG or EKG) is a simple, painless test that measures your heart's electrical activity. Every heartbeat is triggered by an electrical signal that starts at the top of your heart and travels to the bottom. Hear...
  • An exercise stress test is used to determine how well your heart responds during times when it is working the hardest. During the test, you will be asked to exercise-typically on a treadmill-while you are hooked up to an electrocardiogram (EKG). T...
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