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How to Diagnose Bradycardia
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. In particular, the doctor will listen to your heart with a stethoscope.
Tests may include:
- Blood tests-to look for certain abnormalities that may explain the bradycardia (eg, electrolytes, glucose, thyroid function, and drug levels)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG)-a test that records the heart's activity by measuring electrical currents through the heart muscle.
- Echocardiogram -a test that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to examine the size, shape, and motion of the heart.
- Holter monitor or event monitor-a portable, continuous heart rhythm monitor that you wear as you perform normal daily activities.
- Exercise stress test -a test that records the heart's electrical activity during increased physical activity.
- Nuclear scanning-radioactive material is injected into a vein and observed as it is distributed through the heart muscle to look for coronary artery disease.
- Coronary angiography -x-rays taken after a dye is injected into the arteries; this allows the doctor to look for abnormalities in the coronary arteries of the heart.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright ©2013 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved. Source: EBSCO