These screenings include blood tests for cholesterol, lipid, and triglyceride levels that help detect conditions that may lead to a heart attack or stroke.
The most common types of blood tests used to assess heart conditions are: Cardiac enzyme tests (including troponin tests) – these help diagnose or exclude a heart attack. Full blood count (FBC) – this measures different types of blood levels and can show, for example, if there is an infection or if you have anaemia.
7 powerful ways you can strengthen your heart
- Get moving. Your heart is a muscle and, as with any muscle, exercise is what strengthens it.
- Quit smoking. Quitting smoking is tough.
- Lose weight. Losing weight is more than just diet and exercise.
- Eat heart-healthy foods.
- Don't forget the chocolate.
- Don't overeat.
- Don't stress.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). An ECG is a quick and painless test that records the electrical signals in your heart.
- Holter monitoring.
- Stress test.
- Cardiac catheterization.
- Cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scan.
- Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- Electrocardiogram (ECG). An electrocardiogram records electrical signals as they travel through your heart.
- Echocardiogram. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart.
- Exercise stress test.
- Nuclear stress test.
- Cardiac catheterization and angiogram.
- Cardiac CT scan.
A CT coronary angiogram can reveal plaque buildup and identify blockages in the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack. Prior to the test, a contrast dye is injected into the arm to make the arteries more visible. The test typically takes 30 minutes to complete.
Place your index and middle finger of your hand on the inner wrist of the other arm, just below the base of the thumb. You should feel a tapping or pulsing against your fingers. Count the number of taps you feel in 10 seconds. Multiply that number by 6 to find out your heart rate for 1 minute.Mar 16, 2020