PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How is coronary artery disease (CAD) diagnosed?

ANSWER

Your doctor will give you a checkup and talk with you about your symptoms, risks, and family history. You may also get tests such as:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Stress test
  • Chest X-ray
  • Blood tests
  • Cardiac catheterization, in which a doctor guides a very thin, flexible tube (called a catheter) through a blood vessel in your arm or leg to reach your heart. The doctor injects dye through the catheter and then uses X-ray videos to see inside your heart.

From: What Is Coronary Artery Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Cassar, D. , December 2009. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

American Heart Association.

Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

CDC.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 11, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Cassar, D. , December 2009. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

American Heart Association.

Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

CDC.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 11, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

How can changing your lifestyle help with treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.