The Heart Tests You Need

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Filed Under: Heart Health, Diagnostic Tools
Last Reviewed 08/12/2014

The Heart Tests You Need

Here’s a sobering statistic: 50 percent of the time, the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack. Without warning, half of all people who have heart disease die without ever knowing they had it. That’s why taking advantage of the advances in cardiovascular diagnostics, and understanding the tests for heart disease, may save your life.

This is particularly true for those who have had blood relatives who have suffered heart attacks and strokes at young ages. For such people, periodic heart test screening  should start as early as age 30. For those with no family history of heart disease or stroke, and no symptoms of those problems, heart test screening can begin at age 50. Should you begin having unexplained symptoms at any age, you should be screened immediately.

To help you and your doctor determine which tests you need to assess your heart disease risk, here are descriptions of the array of heart health tests I use when evaluating and treating my own patients.

Which Heart Tests Do You Need?

More Dr. Sinatra Advice on Tests for Heart Disease

Undergoing heart disease testing but unsure what your scores indicate? Get my Sinatra Smart Zone values for a wide array of heart health tests to ensure optimal heart health.

Want to read detailed questions and answers about different heart disease tests? Check out the Q&A section of my Heart Disease Tests Health Center

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