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Coronary Artery Disease - Exams and Tests

Your doctor will do a physical exam and a number of tests to find out your risk for coronary artery disease and to diagnose it.

To find out your risk for coronary artery disease

Your doctor will check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and ask about other risk factors, such as your age and whether you smoke, to help find out your risk for getting heart disease.

To help find your risk, your doctor may do other tests. These include an ankle-brachial index test, C-reactive protein (CRP) test, or a coronary calcium scan.

Sometimes doctors schedule heart tests because they think that's what patients expect. But some heart tests may not be needed. If your doctor recommends a test, ask what it is for and why you need it. See the topic Heart Tests: When Do You Need Them?

To diagnose coronary artery disease

If your doctor thinks you may have heart disease, you will need some tests to make sure. Most often, the first tests include:

Other tests may include:

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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