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.
If you know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, you can use this tool:
Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack?
Your doctor may do other tests, such as a C-reactive protein (CRP) test and a coronary calcium scan.
Heart Disease Risk: Should I Have 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
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: