A Common Cardiology Test and Report Can Detect Heart Disease
A Common Cardiology Test and Report Can Detect Heart Disease By Xander Rustev
Heart disease can strike at any time in a persons life and afflicts both men and women.
At some point in there life, virtually everyone will experience severe chest pain. This is because chest pain can have a number of causes including indigestion and something even as simple as a stressed or pulled muscle in the back. However; there are cases where severe chest pain can be a symptom of heart disease. Heart disease can strike at any time in a persons life and afflicts both men and women.
Nine Million Americans At Risk
At the present time over nine-million Americans are at immediate risk of heart disease and the vast majority of them don't even know it. However; in recent decades great strides have been made in understanding and detecting this silent killer but the first step that must be taken is to undergo a cardiology test and report.
Myocardial Profusion Imaging
One common type of heart disease is known as coronary artery disease or CAD, which is when the arteries surrounding and connecting to the heart become clogged or impeded. One of the most common tests for detecting and gaging the severity of this type pf coronary artery blockage is called Myocardial Perfusion Imaging.
To perform this test, a benign fluid that contains a mildly radioactive substance is injected into the person receiving the test. Then a nuclear camera is used to obtain three dimensional images of the actual blood flow in the arteries in and around the heart. The camera can't detect the blood itself but it can see the mildly radioactive material that is in the blood, so the cardiologist is able to get an actual inside view of the arteries that my be obstructed.
A Course of Treatment
After the test is completed, a complete report is then written up detailing the results of the test. With this report a physician can then determine and prescribe a course of treatment that can include medication and exercise or surgery. Without the test, and subsequent report however, arterial blockage of the coronary arteries can be and often is fatal.