Tests for Heart Conditions

Tests for Heart Conditions

Cardiac diagnostic tests

What is the best test to check for heart problems?

Before we can diagnose your heart problem, you’ll need a combination of blood tests, heart monitoring and imaging tests.

Cardiac diagnostic tests provide a lot of information about:

  • Electrical activity of the heart

  • Heart rhythm

  • How well the heart is pumping

  • If the heart valves are opening and closing properly

  • If the blood flow in the heart arteries is normal

What tests are done to diagnose heart disease?

We can carry out several diagnostic tests to provide you with a cardiac diagnosis, including:

  • blood tests

  • chest x-ray

  • electrocardiogram (ECG)

  • echocardiogram (Echo)

  • transoesophageal echocardiogram (TOE)

  • stress echocardiogram (Stress Echo)

  • 24 hour ECG (Holter monitor)

  • coronary calcium scan

  • cardiac computed tomography (Cardiac CT)

  • cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR)

  • coronary angiogram

The type of heart tests we’ll recommend will be tailored according to your needs. Depending on your risk factors and symptoms, you’ll receive a personalised diagnostic plan.

Tests for Diagnosing Heart Conditions

Blood Tests

What can a blood tests show about my heart?
Can a blood test detect a heart problem?

Chest X-ray

What’s the purpose of a chest x-ray?
Can a chest x-ray show heart inflammation?
Does a chest x-ray show angina?

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Can an ECG detect a heart problem?
What does an ECG show about my heart?
What type of heart problems can be detected by an ECG?

Echocardiogram (Echo)

How does an echocardiogram diagnose heart disease?
What diseases can be detected by an echocardiogram?
Does an echocardiogram show all heart problems?

Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE)

Why is a Transoesophageal Echocardiogram performed?

What does a Transoesophageal Echo show?

Stress Echocardiogram (Stress Echo)

What can a stress echocardiogram detect?
Does a stress echo show blockages in the heart arteries?
What’s the difference between a stress test and a stress echo?

24 hour ECG (Holter monitor)

What can a 24-hour ECG detect?
What is the difference between an ECG and a Holter monitor?
Does a Holter monitor show a heart blockage?

Coronary Calcium Scan

What happens during a coronary calcium scan?
Does a coronary calcium test show blocked arteries?
What is a good coronary calcium score?

Cardiac Computed Tomography (Cardiac CT)

Why would a CT scan of the Heart be ordered?
What can a Cardiac CT diagnose?
Can a Cardiac CT scan show blocked arteries?

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI)

What does a cardiac MRI diagnose?
Is a cardiac MRI better than an echo?
Can a cardiac MRI show heart blockages?

Coronary Angiogram

What is a coronary angiogram?
What is the difference between a CT coronary angiogram and a coronary angiogram?
Do you put stents in during an angiogram?