Frequently Asked Questions
9. What tests are used to diagnose a heart attack?
Several tests are used to diagnose a heart attack.
- An electrocardiogram, also called an ECG or EKG, measures the rate and regularity of your heartbeat. Learn more about electrocardiograms.
- Blood tests identify and measure markers in the blood that can show how much damage was done to your heart. These tests are often repeated at specific time periods to check for changes.
- Cardiac catheterization involves passing a thin flexible tube (catheter) through an artery in your groin, arm, or neck to reach your coronary arteries. Learn more about cardiac catheterizations.
- Coronary angiography is usually performed along with cardiac catheterization, using a dye injected through the cardiac catheter. The dye lets the doctor to see the flow of blood through the heart and blood vessels. Learn more about coronary angiography.