If you have CKD, your doctor will check you regularly for signs and symptoms of heart disease. This may include physical exams, asking you questions and making sure that you are taking prescribed medications as directed.
If you are having symptoms, there are many tests that your doctor might suggest. The type of test they recommend depends on what type of heart disease your doctor thinks you may have. These tests may include blood work, chest x-rays, or other tests such as:
- Electrocardiogram, or ECG: An ECG helps your doctor to find problems with your heart’s rhythm. You may have an ECG while resting or while exercising.
- Holter monitoring: A holter monitor is a device that you wear for 24 to 72 hours to record a continuous ECG. Your doctor may use this if they do not find anything out of the ordinary during a regular ECG exam.
- Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your chest that shows detailed images of your heart’s structure and how it’s working.
- Cardiac catheterization: Cardiac catheterization helps your doctor measure pressure in your heart chambers, and look at blood flow through vessels and valves to check for anything that is not normal.
- Cardiac computed tomography scan (CT scan): This test does a scan of your heart from many angles using a rotating x-ray. It is used to identify a variety of problems.
- Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Cardiac MRI is a very sensitive test that uses a magnetic field to take pictures of your heart.