How is acute coronary syndrome diagnosed?

How is acute coronary syndrome diagnosed?

To determine what’s causing your symptoms, a doctor will take a careful medical history and give you a physical examination. If the doctor suspects an acute coronary syndrome, the following tests will be performed:

A doctor will give you a physical exam and ask about your symptoms and past health. He or she also will ask about your family’s health. You will have several tests to find out what is causing your symptoms.

How is acute coronary syndrome diagnosed?

An electrocardiogram can show whether you have angina or have had a heart attack. This test measures the electrical signals that control your heart’s rhythm. Small pads or patches will be taped to your chest and other areas of your body. They connect to a machine that traces the signals onto paper. The doctor will look for certain changes on the graph to see if your heart is not getting enough blood or if you are having a heart attack.

How is acute coronary syndrome diagnosed?
A blood test will look for a rise in cardiac enzymes. The heart releases these substances when it is damaged.
A blood test

In some cases, you might have a test called a cardiac perfusion scan to see if your heart is getting enough blood. It also can be used to check for areas of damage  after a heart attack.

a cardiac perfusion scan

If tests confirm blood flow to the heart has been blocked, doctors will work quickly to reopen the artery.

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