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What are the tests for coronary artery disease?

What are the tests for coronary artery disease?

Several test.: There are several tests for coronary artery disease. A thorough history and physical exam, ekg, ct scan, nuclear studies are all helpful but the best test is a cardiac catheterization. The cardiologist will place a small catheter through a groin vessel up to the heart and inject a special dye into the coronary arteries. The pictures will show if there are any blockages or not. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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What are tests used to diagnose coronary artery disease?

What are tests used to diagnose coronary artery disease?

Several: First of all the history. Usually there is chest pain as the presenting symptom and the exact description of that pain is important. Does it occur during exertion? Then an EKG is done. Also an EKG with exertion or medication to stress the heart along with pictures of the heart. The final test would be to put some dye into the arteries to directly visualize a blockage. ...Read more

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Is an exercise stress test safe if I have coronary artery disease?

Is an exercise stress test safe if I have coronary artery disease?

Yes: The risk of of a serious complication during stress testing is 1 in 10, 000. Patients with frequent and ongoing chest discomfort or aortic stenosis may not be candidates for stress testing as their risk is higher. ...Read more

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Is a treadmill test accurate enough to rule out possible coronary artery disease?

Is a treadmill test accurate enough to rule out possible coronary artery disease?

No: Stress tests, like a treadmill, only check for coronary artery disease (CAD) that is significant enough to cause low blood flow into a part of the heart, which will show ECG changes or show decreased movement on an echocardiogram. But milder CAD will not be ruled out by treadmill test. ...Read more

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Can only using stress test clarify existence of coronary artery disease (blokage due to high LDL, low HDL)?

Can only using stress test clarify existence of coronary artery disease (blokage due to high LDL, low HDL)?

Stress test is good.: Stress test is designed to detect coronary artery disease. It is not a perfect test, but very good. If you have a normal test you are very unlikely to have any significant fixed blockage of any coronary artery. Blockage is not due to high LDL or low HDL - there are associations, but causality is another story. ...Read more

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45y, f having rapid heartbeat and high BP sometimes, diagnosis unstable angina II b, in angiography test having mild coronary artery disease. Need advise?

45y, f having rapid heartbeat and high BP sometimes, diagnosis unstable angina II b, in angiography test having mild coronary artery disease. Need advise?

Medical treatment : Without significant blockages on catheterization you would fall into a category of medical treatment for your heart problem. This means medication, exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation, diabetes control, high cholesterol treatment, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Coronary Artery Disease (Definition)

The leading cause of death and disability in adults in the U.S. It develops when lipid (fatty) plaques builds up in the arteries, thereby stopping blood flow to the organ supplied by that artery. If the artery supplies the heart, blockage causes a heart attack. If the blockage is in a brain vessel, the ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Coronary Artery (Definition)

Coronary artery is the name given to the blood vessels that supply the myocardium. The word coronary was coined by the first anatomists that noticed that if you remove all muscle from the heart the remaining vessels resemble the shape of a corona or crown. ...Read more