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Diagnostics & Testing

Diagnostic tests are used to determine if a person has cardiovascular disease, the type of disease, the severity and the most effective treatment methods. Tests are categorized by the type of testing or technology used.

Cardiovascular Autonomic Reflex Test
Some tests use a combination of testing methods or are specialized such as the Cardiovascular Autonomic Reflex Test.
Electrocardiograph Tests
Electrocardiograph tests use the electrocardiogram to evaluate the electrical activity generated by the heart at rest and with activity.
Invasive Testing
Invasive testing involves inserting catheters into the blood vessels of the heart to get a closer look at the coronary arteries, or to stimulate and test the electrical system of the heart.
Laboratory Tests
Laboratory tests include a number of blood tests used to diagnose and monitor treatment for heart disease.
Nuclear Imaging
Nuclear imaging is a method of producing images by detecting radiation from different parts of the body after the administration of a radioactive tracer material.
Physical Examination
A physical examination is the first step in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease, helping the doctor determine what type of test is necessary to diagnose your condition.
Radiographic Tests
Radiographic tests use x-ray machines or very high-tech machines (CT, MRI) to create pictures of the internal structures of the chest.
Ultrasound Tests
Ultrasound tests use ultrasound, or high frequency sound waves, to create graphic images of the heart's structures, pumping action and direction of blood flow.
Reviewed: 09/13

This information is about testing and procedures and may include instructions specific to Cleveland Clinic. Please consult your physician for information pertaining to your testing.

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