Interpretations of Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis interpretations are the most common cause of deaths. The one test that can directly show blocked arteries is called angiography. Angiography is an "invasive" test. As atherosclerosis does not cause symptoms until cardiovascular disease occurs, screening allows treatment to be given to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease developing.

Atherosclerosis interpretations are the most common cause of deaths. The one test that can directly show blocked arteries is called angiography. Angiography is an "invasive" test. As atherosclerosis does not cause symptoms until cardiovascular disease occurs, screening allows treatment to be given to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease developing.

Angiography - Angiography or arteriography is a medical imaging technique used to visualize the inside, or lumen, of blood vessels and organs of the body, with particular interest in the arteries, veins, and the heart chambers. This is traditionally done by injecting a radio-opaque contrast agent into the blood vessel and imaging using X-ray based techniques such as fluoroscopy.

Electrocardiogram - An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of heart. An EKG shows the heart's electrical activity as line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips in the tracings are called waves. The heart is a muscular pump made up of four chambers. The two upper chambers are called atria. The two lower chambers are called ventricles. A natural electrical system causes the heart muscle to contract. This pumps blood through the heart to the lungs and the rest of the body.

Coronary Calcium Scoring by CT scan - In this coronary CT angiography, pictures are taken of the heart to look for the presence of calcium deposits in the blood vessels of the heart or coronary arteries. Calcium deposits are a very specific sign of coronary artery disease, as is cholesterol and scar tissue build up in the arteries. While the amount of calcium in the arteries increases with age, patients who have significantly elevated amounts of calcium deposits are at increased risk to have heart attacks or heart complications.

Stress Testing - A stress test is used to gather information about how well your heart works during physical activity. It usually involves walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike while your heart rhythm and blood pressure and breathing are monitored.

Echocardiography - An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen.

hs-CRP - C-reactive protein (CRP) is produced by the liver. This protein was discovered in 1930 by William Tillett and Thomas Francis, investigators at the Rockefeller University. They found it could be isolated from the blood of patients with a specific type of pneumonia. hs-CRP is the hyper sensitive C-reactive protein measures down to concentrations around 0.3 mg/L.  This improved sensitivity allows hs-CRP to be used to detect low levels of chronic inflammation.

  • Angiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Stress Testing
  • Coronary Calcium Scoring by CT Scan
  • Electrocardiogram
  • hs-CRP

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