Heart Healthy Tips: Common Heart Tests

APRIL 01, 2015 Topics: Heart Health Article Highlights
  • Details on common heart tests
  • Echocardiogram can reveal a wide range of potential heart health issues
  • Consult your doctor to see if you should conduct heart tests
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There are numerous tests out there used by doctors to assess heart health and diagnosis heart disease. Here are descriptions of some of the most common tests and how they work to evaluate heart health. Consult with your doctor to find out what are the right steps for you on your way to better heart health.

Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) Test

There is an electrical wave that moves through the heart with each beat. The electrocardiogram test measures this activity in each part of the heart through electrodes attached to the skin. By measuring the electrical impulse as it travels through each part of the heart, doctors are able to tell whether the heart maintains a proper rhythm when beating, if there are any enlarged parts or other abnormalities, as well as whether or not blood flow to the heart is appropriate.

C-reactive Protein Test

The C-reactive protein, or CRP, is a protein that increases in concentration in the blood stream when there is inflammation somewhere in the body. A high-sensitivity C-reactive protein test is a simple blood test that can help determine whether or not coronary arteries are narrowed.

Echocardiogram Test

An echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves in order to generate images of your heart and the attached blood vessels. By looking at these images, your doctor can tell if there are any problems with the size, shape, strength, and function of your heart, as well as the state of the large blood vessels in the surrounding area.

Stress Test

A stress test is used to see how one’s heart functions while exercising. A patient is hooked up to equipment that monitors the heart while they walk on a treadmill. The speed of the treadmill is increased to determine how the heart handles an increased workload. The results of this test can help a doctor establish what a safe level of exercise looks like for a patient and predict the risk of heart attack. 

Omega-3 Index Test

Just as with CRP, a straightforward blood test can determine your Omega-3 Index, the level of Omega-3 fatty acids present in your bloodstream. Studies have associated a higher Omega-3 Index with better cardiovascular health, as well as joint and muscle function. With a simple test, find out if your body is low on vital Omega-3s, so that you may alter your diet to include the fatty acids like those found in MegaRed and significantly improve your Omega-3 Index in just 30 days†.

 

 

†A 12-week clinical study was conducted to measure the change in Omega-3 Index among an untreated control group (n=30) and a group that was administered 300 mg of MegaRed® Omega-3 Krill Oil once daily (n=30). Subjects were healthy adult females and males 18–65 years old.

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