Blood Pressure And Your Health

Atherosclerosis Test is a Combination of Numerous Tests!

Atherosclerosis is a type of disease wherein the hardening of the arteries as well as numerous plaques are formed in the arteries which results in the disease. Since we are discussing here the Atherosclerosis test, we will limit our discussion only to the battery of test one has to go through.

The doctor will first check for cholesterol and blood level in our body. Then he will ask you for an electrocardiogram (ECG) to check the rate of our heart rate.

X-ray is also done to monitor your heart, lungs, ribs and arteries. The next Atherosclerosis test is the Echocardiogram. In this process, pictures of the heart are taken through sound waves. The doctor monitors the rate of your heart beat, shape, the different valves, and alsowhether the the blood flow is correct or not.

Then there is the CT scan which is performed under the supervision of the doctor which area he recommends for. Another important test is Angiography through which you can look inside your arteries. Here in the process, a small tube is passed through an artery in either the arm or leg and send to repair the area.

After all is done, there is the stress test where the patient is asked to exercise or do some work that speeds up the heart rate, in the meanwhile various tests are performed on the heart of the patient. People who are unable to exercise are injected a type of medicine to speed up the heart rate.

There are two types of test which are done on a patient, these are the positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI gives detailed pictures of the methodology of your heart and thus gives the doctor a clearer insight. While PET helps you to monitor the chemical activities of the heart and thus monitor the amount of blood flow.