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Which Tests Are Used in South Dakota to Diagnose a Heart Attack?


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12/21/2012
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If you think you may be having a heart attack, you should seek medical help immediately. A heart attack must be taken seriously, even if you are experiencing only one or two symptoms. Your doctor will conduct tests to determine the cause of your symptoms, whether it be because you are suffering from a heart attack or from another condition.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are tests conducted by medical professionals to determine whether your chest pain, tightness, and dizziness are due to a heart attack:

  • Electrocardiogram: Records the heart’s electrical activity
  • Blood tests
  • X-rays of the chest
  • Echocardiogram: Sound waves are used to produce an image of the heart to determine if there is damage 
  • Coronary catheterization: Also known as an angiogram, physicians can see if coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked
  • Exercise stress test: Shows how the heart and blood vessels react to exercise
  • CT or MRI: Used to take pictures of the heart and chest


These tests can show whether you are having a heart attack or whether the symptoms you are experiencing are linked to a possible heart attack. 

At Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, our South Dakota heart attack and personal injury attorneys want you to seek medical help immediately if you believe you are suffering from a heart attack. Once you have been treated, call our experienced lawyers in Parker or Sioux Falls to discuss the cause of your heart attack, the course of treatment, and to determine whether another party is at fault for your suffering. Contact our office at (888) 733-2992. Our attorneys represent personal injury clients throughout South Dakota.



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