Last updated: Aug 26, 2008
No matter how much technology is involved, no single test gives a complete picture of a patients risk for heart disease. Symptoms, age, lifestyle, health history, and gender all reveal important clues about a patients heart health.
Women may need different tests
And because women often experience heart disease differently from men, doctors are becoming more aware that diagnostic tests should be used differently for women and men, says C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, medical director of the Womens Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Whether youre a man or a woman, dont hesitate to tell your doctorand see a cardiologist if necessaryif you think you might be at risk for heart disease.
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Every test provides information to help answer the questions that matter most: Whats the current state of your heart, and what do you need to do to get better?