To find out your risk for coronary artery disease
If your doctor recommends a test, ask what it is for and why you need it. You can help decide if a test is right for you. Talk with your doctor to make that decision. 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:
- An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG).
- A chest X-ray.
- Blood tests.
- An exercise electrocardiogram. This is also called a "stress test."
Other tests may include: