Patient Education

Heart Tests

Your doctor may order one or more heart tests as part of your cancer therapy. Some tests are performed to monitor the heart and may be ordered even though you feel well and have normal, reassuring assessments by your health care provider.

Some tests are performed to investigate a symptom or finding during a medical assessment by your health care provider.Each type of heart tests looks at a specific part of the heart. Different heart tests are used to answer different questions. For example, the pumping strength of the heart is measured using tests such as an echocardiogram (echo) or a multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan. A treadmill stress test looks for major blood flow problems during exercise. Some stress tests look at blood flow problems and pumping strength of the heart. An electrocardiogram (ECG) records the electrical signals in the heart. The following section discusses some heart tests in greater detail.

Echocardiogram (Echo)
Multigated Acquisition Scan (MUGA Scan)
Electrocardiography (ECG)
Stress Test
Nuclear Stress Test
Cardiac Computed Tomography (Cardiac CT)
Stress Echocardiogram (Stress Echo)
Ejection Fraction (EF)

Cardiac Conditions

Heart Failure

Treatment of Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy

Diet & Exercise
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors
Beta Blockers