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Angiography

An angiogram is a test that takes X-ray pictures of the coronary arteries and the vessels that supply blood to the heart.

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Blood test and urine test

The types of blood and urine tests given will depend on what your doctor is looking for.

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Cardiac catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a technique that is used in several different tests and procedures such as angiography and electrophysiology studies.

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Chest X-ray

A chest X-ray is a picture of the heart, lungs and bones of the chest.

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Doppler ultrasound

Similar to an echocardiogram, a Doppler ultrasound shows blood flow through the arteries or the heart itself.

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Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram (ECHO) uses sound waves (ultrasound) to create a picture of your heart.

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Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)

An electrocardiogram checks how your heart is functioning by measuring the electrical activity of the heart.

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Electrophysiology study

An electrophysiology study (EPS) is a test that helps determine what kind of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) you have.

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Exercise electrocardiogram (Stress test)

An exercise electrocardiogram (ECG) records your heart's response to the stress of exercise.

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Holter monitoring

Holter monitoring is usually used to diagnose heart rhythm disturbances. The monitor is usually worn for a 24 hours or longer.

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Physical exam

Your doctor will probably begin by giving you a physical exam which will assess several things.

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Thallium or cardiolite scan

A thallium (or cardiolite) scan takes a look at how much blood is reaching different parts of your heart.

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Tilt-table exam

Tilt tests find out if different drugs or different body positions will trigger an arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) or symptoms.

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Transesophageal echocardiogram

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is a special type of echocardiogram, often used to see if your heart could be producing blood clots.

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