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Heart Disease Diagnosis

The first step of diagnosis is getting a doctor's exam. A doctor may perform some standard and simple exam techniques which provide him with the first clues as to how your heart functions and whether you have heart disease. During the visit, the doctor will listen to your heart, check the rate of your heart, and your blood pressure.

  • Checking the Heart Rate: The doctor feels the pulse which helps him determine your heart's rate, rhythm, and its regularity. Every pulse matches up with a heartbeat that pumps blood into the arteries and the force of the pulse also helps to evaluate the strength of blood flow to different areas of the body.
  • Checking the Heartbeat: Blood pressure is the force or pressure exerted in the arteries by the blood as it is pumped around the body by the heart. Normal blood pressure for an adult should be less than or equal to 120 over 80, where the 120 is the systolic pressure; the diastolic pressure is 80.

The doctor can also tell about your heart's function by examining other parts of your body, such as your eyes, arms, legs, and skin.

Your doctor may ask you to do blood test to check your cholesterol and other markers that may indicate heart disease.