Heart Tests

Heart Tests for People with Heart Disease.

Yes it is important to get your heart tested. But it depends on your condition. If you have heart disease (heart attack, bypass surgery, or stent) then you have what we call coronary artery disease. The most important thing you can do is pay attention to your body and how you are feeling. Doctors and research is now stating that if they can control patients with medication this would be the best option, because having heart surgery may not prolong your life. I say it becomes super important to ensure that you are taking your daily dose of exercise, and ensure that you are eating your super foods.

The big question I get is then how often should I get tested and what tests should I have?
1. You should have a treadmill test every 1 to 2 years. It is non-invasive and free of radiation. This is to see  your fitness level and see how your heart responds to exercise via ECG.
2. You should have an echocardiogram of the heart to evaluate the structure and function of the heart every 1 to 2 years.

What about an angiogram?
Angiograms have a lot of radiation and will not be used to see how you are doing unless you are having symptoms. Yes they will be able to see the vessels but if you are not having any symptoms of heart disease then this is not a great option.

Electrocardiograms (ECGs) are good to have done but it is really not going to see as much as a stress test because it is just a one time snap shot of your heart.

More research is required but carotid IMT could be a great way to keep track of your disease process. I have personally seen patients with heart disease reverse their intima media layer by focusing on our preachings. This test would be done once a year. It is difficult to clinically prove this as it is difficult to find researching dollars.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

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