What tests will I need before the revascularization procedure?

There are several tests that need to be done in order to check whether you are a candidate for the revascularization procedure. Blood tests, coronary angiogram, electrocardiogram, and X-ray of the chest are some of the tests ordered.

Your doctor will initially perform physical examination pertaining to your cardiovascular system and discuss medical history, your symptoms, and their severity. Then, you will have to undergo different tests that help find the arteries that are clogged and the severity of the blockage.

The following diagnostic tests may be ordered:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): This simple test helps in detecting and locating the source of heart problems. An ECG records the rhythm, pace of heartbeat and also the strength of electrical signals passing through each chamber of the heart.
  • Echocardiography or ECHO: This test creates a moving picture of the heart, which provides information on the size, shape of the heart as well as the functioning of heart valves and chambers. In addition, the areas of the heart receiving poor blood flow, the heart muscle that does not contract normally, as well as previous injury to the heart muscle can be identified through this test.
  • Stress Test: During this test, you will be exercising to make your heartbeat fast while tests are being performed. Certain heart problems are easily diagnosed when the heart is working hard.
  • Coronary angiography: This test makes use of a dye and special form of X-rays that helps to view the inner portion of the coronary arteries. A thin, flexible tube is passed into a blood vessel of your arm, groin, or neck region and then threaded to reach the coronary arteries. Through this tube, a special dye is injected into the bloodstream and X-rays will be taken when the dye flows through the coronary arteries. This helps study the blood flow through your heart and detect blockages in the coronary arteries. 
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