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Diagnosis – Ischemia

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Investigation and diagnosis are very important for discovering ischemic heart disease in its early stages and is crucial for patients’ lives because it can prevent a heart attack that can be lethal.

One of the most common method of diagnosis is the electrocardiogram or electrocardiography (ECG) that it is highly recommended in the case of patients showing symptoms of severe chest pain also known as angina pectoris. During the pain attacks it can emerge a T wave inversion in several leads and depression of the ST segment, clear signs of Ischemia.

A ST segment elevation in the ECG appears in cases of Infraction or heart attacks, and it may slowly progress.
An Echocardiogram helps showing any possible functional abnormalities in the cardiac chambers and in assessing the efficiency of the heart to pump blood. Nevertheless ECG isn’t always efficient in ischemic heart disease diagnosis.

There are patients who present the ischemic heart disease symptoms but have normal ECG parameters. In this case an exercise testing, Treadmill Test, that stands for TMT is often recommended. In modern medicine, TMT is being recommended in all categories of patients with ischemic heart disease high-risk, especially older patients irrespective of their symptoms.

If a physician fails to diagnose ischemia despite several types of tests, and the patient’s condition worsens, he or she can sue for medical negligence, and claim compensation for having been deprived of the correct treatment and suffering physical and psychological traumas. You can find out more on the subject if you check and learn even how to prevent cases of medical negligence.

In the ischemic heart disease diagnosis it is also used the myocardial perfusion scanning with radioactive thallium.
Another method of diagnosis is the Coronary Angiogram. It can Provides accurate information about the site and dimensions of the narrowed area or stenosis and is crucial in deciding if the disease requires surgical intervention.

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