A heart attack is evaluated using several different methods, but most often, your doctor will order a simple test called an electrocardiogram (EKG). This test monitors the electrical activity within the heart and can aid your doctor in determining if your condition is angina or if you are actually having a heart attack. The doctor may also order blood tests that can determine if there is damage to the heart muscle.
Other possible tests your doctor may order to evaluate a possible heart attack are:
- Laboratory testing, i.e. heart enzymes
- Stress Test
- Nuclear Test
- Coronary (heart) Angiography
If your doctor determines that you are having a heart attack (or have already had one), he or she will quickly stabilize the condition in several ways.