What are the noninvasive cardiac tests?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Richard S Krause, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Cardiac testing encompasses diagnostic coronary angiography (invasive) or a variety of noninvasive tests. Noninvasive tests include the following:

  • Exercise stress testing

  • Pharmacologic stress testing

  • Myocardial perfusion imaging

  • Stress echocardiography

  • Cardiac computed tomography (CT) scanning

These noninvasive tests can be performed in an outpatient setting, in a physician's office, in a hospital, or in an observation unit, as well as for admitted inpatients. The American Heart Association recommends that in nonemergency settings, patients should be informed of the risks (including those associated with radiation) and benefits involved in the use of cardiac CT scanning, radiopharmaceuticals, and fluoroscopy. [1]

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