Tests for heart conditions
are many different tests to find out how your heart is doing or to
diagnose a condition.
Here we explain what happens during some of the more common
tests, and tell you where you can find out more.
What to expect?
If you have a heart condition, or are
suspected of having one, there are a number of tests your doctor
Some of the tests involve high-tech equipment with lots of
machines, wires and computer screens, which may feel very
impersonal. These range from physical
assessments to MRI scans.
It's normal to feel a bit nervous if you are sent for a test, so
knowing what to expect may help you feel more at ease. Our website
explains what all these tests are for and how they are done. A
healthcare professional can explain these tests to you as well. If
you feel uneasy, remember that it often helps to get fears out into
the open, so tell the people doing the tests how you feel.They can
then explain things to you again and try to reassure you.
It can also help if your partner, relative or
friend goes along with you for support and help during or
after the test. For some tests they may be able to sit with
you, but for others they will have to wait outside or in the
hospital. And, if you speak to the doctor after the test, it’s
good to have someone by your side who can help understand and