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How do you diagnose coronary artery disease?

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Imaging: There are many imaging modalities that investigate the degree to which the coronaries are diseased. Most adults have a degree of coronary artery disease; the question is the severity. The best means of detection of the severity of coronary artery disease is a functional test such as stress test combined with imaging. The imaging can be nuclear, echo, mri, and pet.

Answered 1/16/2014

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

After Ds is Advanced: Though dominant human behavior, physicians are trained to wait for evidence of advanced disease, largely in this order of ↓ing ability to detect disease: 1. Calcification in the artery walls, 2. Obstructions visible on coronary angiograms or ct, 3. Symptoms & evidence of heart damage; typically the last detected/recognized 4. Stress tests. | for a better alternative: optimize the driving factors.

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