A Detailed Picture Emerges
Doctors are able to make an assessment of the immediate health of your heart by taking your blood pressure (with an instrument called a sphygmomanometer) and by taking your pulse. But a more detailed appraisal may be required.
Located just behind the breastbone the heart is a very well protected organ, which can present a challenge to those who want to monitor it. However, there are a number of ways that the organ can be clearly 'seen' with technologies that are able to create a detailed picture of it. Many of these are non-invasive, which means there is no need to 'open up' a patient or insert instruments into the body.
The imaging devices used by medical professionals can scan and study the heart in unprecedented detail to reveal flaws, imperfections, disease and damage and help physicians to diagnose and treat heart-based medical conditions.
This guide to monitoring the heart links to a number of Bright Hub articles that explain some of the common tests, scans and procedures that are used to monitor heart health, how you can prepare for them and what doctors glean from the information recovered.