Heart disease includes conditions affecting the heart, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. As these are very critical for our life, screen and prevention are very important to maintain our health.
Common screening tests for Heart Disease
EKG (Electrocardiogram): An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test that records the electrical activity of your heart through small electrode patches attached to the skin of your chest, arms, and legs. An EKG may be part of a routine physical exam or it may be used as a test for heart disease.
Exercise cardiac stress test (treadmill stress test): As long as you can walk and have a normal EKG, this is normally the first stress test performed. The patient exercises on a treadmill according to a standardized protocol, with progressive increases in the speed and elevation of the treadmill (typically changing at three minute intervals) while the heart is being monitored.
Stress echocardiography: Another supplement to the routine treadmill stress test is stress echocardiography. During stress echocardiography, the sound waves of ultrasound are used to produce images of the heart at rest and at the peak of exercise.
You can choose one of these three options to screen heart diseae.