Cardiovascular disease can refer to a number of conditions: such as heart disease, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, arrhythmia, and heart valve problems. Some effects cardiovascular disease can be permanent if too many brain cells die after being starved of oxygen, and often times lifestyle changes need to be made to return to normal lives.
In the hospital or at a clinic, a doctor may perform several tests and procedures if there is reason to believe you have cardiovascular disease. These tests help the doctor determine what is going on with your heartbeat or valves, what caused a stroke or heart attack, and how much damage was done. Some ongoing tests also monitor progress to see if a treatment plan is effective.
There are invasive and non-invasive tests that a doctor may use to diagnose or monitor treatment. Non-invasive diagnostic testing involving imaging may involve having a needle stick, such as for an intravenous injection of a contrast agent. Invasive procedures can include insertion of a tube, device or scope.
The diagnostic tests screen your heart and help the doctor determine what treatment and lifestyle changes will keep your heart healthy and prevent serious future medical events. Medications prescribed in the wake of a cardiac event can aid in recovery and work to prevent further heart-related medical problems.
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