Can high-tech heart scans help prevent heart attacks?

Cardiac CT angiography is gaining ground as a fast, effective way to diagnose coronary artery disease.

Published: August, 2020

If you experience a short-lived squeezing sensation or discomfort in your chest when you exercise or feel stressed, one possible cause is inadequate blood flow to the heart. Known as stable angina, this condition suggests you have heart disease and may be at risk for a heart attack.

Doctors can use a number of different tests to diagnose (or rule out) inadequate blood flow to the heart muscle. The first step is frequently a type of stress test, which checks the heart's electrical activity, muscle function, or blood flow patterns while the heart is under stress from exercise or medication. Stress tests can identify areas of reduced blood flow, which suggest a narrowing in the artery that supplies that part of the heart.

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