The heart health assessment is the identification of an individual’s coronary heart disease. It is mostly used to assess the overall risk of heart attack or stroke. It can also help to detect at risk factors for high blood pressure or hypertension. The assessment is usually done through routine cardiac examination. However, in some cases, like in screening high cholesterol patients, electrocardiogram and echocardiography may be required.
The health assessment can be performed by different medical practitioners including doctors, surgeons, and radiology technicians. They use different methods to determine the heart problems. The most common method is the blood test where a sample of blood is drawn and analyzed to reveal the possible symptoms. Moreover, the doctor also diagnoses the heart diseases through blood tests, medical history, examination of symptoms and signs, and other relevant information. The symptoms and signs include pain in the chest, abnormal heart rhythms, fatigue, irregular heartbeats, dizziness, sweating, nausea, palpitations, shortness of breath, chest discomfort when lying down, and others.
The blood test only gives us a picture of the general condition of the heart. It cannot say for sure what is the problem with the heart. Therefore, the health assessment must include diagnosis of the disease and its possible treatment. Sometimes, electrocardiogram helps to reveal the abnormalities of the heart. Based on the findings of the electrocardiogram, doctors then determine the appropriate treatment for the patient.