If you or a loved one experience unexplained symptoms such as chest pain, fatigue, swelling or shortness of breath, make an appointment with your doctor. It is important to diagnose heart conditions early, so we can begin treatment. Our cardiologists have the necessary expertise to obtain a precise diagnosis.
Diagnosing Ischemic Heart Disease
Your doctor will begin the diagnosis by asking you about your symptoms and your medical and family history. Most of the time, we can diagnose the condition based on physical exam and imaging tests. In rare cases, we may need to perform a biopsy, a surgical procedure to remove some heart tissue, in order to rule out certain diseases.
Diagnostic procedures include:
- Physical Exam - The University of Vermont Medical Center cardiologists will perform a thorough physical exam to help diagnose your condition. We will listen to your chest and examine you for signs of fluid buildup in the body. Signs include:
- Crackling sound in lungs
- Enlarged liver
- Swelling in legs and ankles
- Elevated pressure in the neck vein
- Imaging tests - We use the most advanced imaging technology available. These procedures provide us with a detailed picture of your heart. We use these scans to determine the location and extent of the heart disease. Imaging tests include:
Ischemic Heart Disease: Treatment
Once we obtain an accurate diagnosis, we will create your individualized treatment plan. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication and surgery. Your treatment plan may include one treatment or a combination of treatments. Learn more about ischemic heart disease treatment.
Find a doctor or specialist at The UVM Medical Center or call us at 802-847-4600.