The heart is a powerful muscular organ that never stops working. It goes on and on, pumping blood throughout the day and night, and makes sure to always keep your body organs oxygenated and richly supplied with blood at all times. If there were to be any issue with the heart or any of its functioning anatomy, your body could be put under great stress immediately. A person could go through physical pain due a heart issues and the problem does not resolve as easily as it may appear. Therefore, it is recommended for people - those who have a family history of heart diseases, those who have developed heart disease risk factors that predispose them to develop this disease, and people with other comorbid conditions, to get their cardiovascular tests done regularly to avoid the development of any such disease. Cardiac Screening is the recommended protocol that people with heart conditions or their apparent risk factors are supposed to follow to get a clear picture of their heart and its functioning. These tests may include: Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) Exercise Cardiac Stress Test (Exercise Electrocardiogram) Echocardiography Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring Coronary CT Angiography All these tests work to evaluate the working of the heart, its valves, its arteries, and the overall functioning of this organ to ensure that it is working just as perfectly as it is supposed to at all times.
Common conditions covered by a Cardiovascular Test
Arrhythmias, Aorta disease, Marfan syndrome, Congenital heart disease, Coronary artery disease, Deep vein thrombosis, Heart attack, Heart failure, Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
FAQs on Cardiovascular Test
Why are Cardiac tests needed?
We undergo a lot of stress in our lives, and cardiac health is always throughout our life at risk, especially for men. The heart is an organ made up of cardiac tissue that works nonstop throughout life, ensuring that blood is supplied adequately throughout the body. Cardiac function tests are essential if someone develops blood vessel disorders, blood pressure or if a person is prone to cardiac health problems in the future.
What is the importance of cardiac tests?
Cardiac tests can provide information about the function of the heart, its valves and other hemodynamic parameters that can aid in drug therapy specific to the patients' condition. It also helps in making clinical decisions about drug therapy in the case of chronic disease patients.
What kind of cardiac tests are available?
Numerous tests are available, and the testing methods vary according to the test performed. ECG, exercise Cardiac Stress Test, echocardiography, cardiac CT for calcium scoring and coronary CT angiography are available to assess cardiac function.
What do these tests evaluate?
Your doctor will write the test for you according to your disease condition. These tests provide information about abnormal heart sounds, the heart's electrical activity, valve function, cardiac blood supply, and abnormal findings on ECG/EKG.
Are there any other tests to assess cardiac function?
Blood samples are sent for a troponin test, which measures the levels of troponin T or troponin I proteins in the blood. These proteins are increased when there is damage to heart tissue. These can also help determine the severity of the condition.