Need to be screened for heart disease?
Does heart disease run in your family? Are you concerned about the health of your heart as you get older? If so, it may be time to schedule an appointment with our Tomball, TX, cardiologist Dr. Daljit Muttiana. If Dr. Muttiana notices signs or symptoms of heart disease, he may recommend these diagnostic tests to rule out heart disease,
Echocardiogram: This is a standard test that our Tomball, TX, cardiologist performs on patients, as it allows us to see images of the heart to see how the heart is beating and to check blood flow. An echocardiogram allows us to,
- Detect abnormalities within the heart
- Analyze how the heart is functioning as a whole
- Check heart valve function
- Diagnose and monitor heart murmurs
Electrocardiogram: An EKG measures the electrical activity of the heart, which allows us to analyze your heartbeat. This test can be used for,
- Diagnosing and monitoring heart rhythm disorders (an irregular heartbeat, whether fast or slow)
- Detecting whether you’ve had a heart attack
- Detecting enlarged or overworked areas of the heart
- Determining whether you could have a heart attack in the near future
Stress Test: An exercise stress test can help our cardiologist look at heart rhythm and blood flow throughout the heart while the body is under stress. Electrodes will be attached to your body as you walk and run on a treadmill, analyzing everything from fatigue and breathlessness to blood pressure and heart rate. This test may be performed in combination with other tests such as an echocardiogram. This test is used to,
- Rule out and figure out the cause of your symptoms (e.g. chest tightness or pain)
- Check the overall health and function of the heart
- Determine what physical activities are safe for your heart
- Look for changes in heart rhythm during activity
- Detect poor or weak blood flow to certain areas of the heart
Heart Monitoring Tests: A Holter monitor and event recorder may be worn for an extended period of time (sometimes just 24 hours while others may need to be worn for a whole week) in order to better analyze certain irregular heartbeats or heart rhythm issues that we may not be able to catch and properly analyze during a standard office visit.
If you are concerned about heart disease, our Tomball, TX, cardiologist can provide you with the answers you need. Call Cardiovascular Institute at (281) 357-5700.