What to Do
Ask your doctor whether these tests may be right for you:
- EKG: This test measures whether heart rhythm or conduction is abnormal. The problem with this test is that only 1.1% of women between the ages of 45 and 65 have abnormal EKGs. The test usually needs to be taken when the patient is experiencing pain that could be considered a heart attack.
- Exercise stress test: This test monitors your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, electrocardiogram and how tired you are during exercise. It determines whether there is a sufficient blood supply in your arteries that supply blood to the heart. Patients are hooked up to exercise equipment.
- Echocardiogram: This is an ultrasound test taken during exercise to see how the heart is pumping.
- Thallium stress test: Doctors inject a patient with a radioactive material in the blood to see whether the material flows correctly to the heart.
- Coronary angiography: Dye is shot into the vessels to see whether the vessels are narrowing or whether there is a build up of plaque.