Diagnosis of atherosclerosis

The diagnosis of atherosclerosis is often done after the complications have started to occur. In order to determine the reason behind this disease, the doctor will ask you several questions about your family history or your physical health. You will have to undergo several tests after which the doctor will come to a conclusion accordingly. However, other ways of diagnosing even before you experience the symptoms is done when the doctor hears a blowing sound when the stethoscope is kept over an artery. It can also be found out when the pulse rate is reduced in the affected area or difference in the blood pressure of each arm. A test called coronary angiography is done in order to check the coronary arteries. It will help in seeing whether any artery is facing any blockage problems or not and several other problems.

Apart from this, atherosclerosis is also diagnosed with a CT scan. The scanning for each test will hardly few seconds. Then there is ECG especially for women. Pictures of the heart are taken before and after stress in order to analyze the symptoms. Ankle/brachial index (ABI), cardiac stress testing, Doppler study, aortic arteriography, arteriography, MRA, mesenteric or renal arteriography and IVUS are also some of the tests that are used for diagnosing atherosclerosis. 

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