What test should I ask my doc for to test actual plaque levels in my arteries?

3 Responses to “What test should I ask my doc for to test actual plaque levels in my arteries?”

  1. D to the C Says:

    IVUS-Intravascular ultrasound done as part of a coronary angiogram (or heart cath) can tell the percentage of the lumen wall of an artery that is plaque…but it's not a test that is done just to "check & see"–it is done when there are symptoms and other evidence of blockage.

  2. stevemeister Says:

    You can have a CT of your arteries done.

  3. kjmerritt_04 Says:

    A stress test and all the monitors they use during it will give them an idea of what your ejection fraction is. (Amount of blood your heart ejects with each beat). If the stress test shows abnormal (anything under 55%) they will do a sono, or ct scan or may even have you go in for a heart cath. The lower your EF the more blockage somewhere in the 5 arteries. Trust your doc and let him/her do all the tests needed. My hubby has had three heart attacks and two heart surgeries by the time he was 41 and we have to do everything once a year. He is now 47.