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.
Actually Few/None, . Though dominant human behavior, physicians are trained to wait for evidence of advanced disease, largely in this order of ability to detect disease earlier: 1. Calcification in the artery walls, 2. Obstructions visible on coronary angiograms, 3. Evidence of symptoms & heart damage or, typically the latest to detect/recognize, 4. Stress tests. I rec. A better alternative: optimize driving factors.

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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...
Coronary cath. Gold standard is still coronary angiogram. Cat scan of the coronaries may be used as screening. Stress thallium test about 20% false negative. Read more...

Which is the most preferred and accurate test when it comes to diagnosing coronary artery disease for doctors?

Catheterization. There are issues with any, but for planning surgery, cath is still, the best. Exercize or nuclear screening has good use. Ct scans are getting better! but calcium may be present without stenosis and vice versa. Read more...

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...

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

Good tool. Treadmill stress test is a good test to evaluate for risk stratification for coronary artery disease. It is most helpful in intermediate risk category. It may not be accurate in certain subsets. It has 67% sensitivity and 72% specificity to identify cad. For definitive diagnosis further testing e., g., coronary angiogram or stress test with nuclear imaging may be required. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
Coronary artery . Medical therapy, risk factor modification, and close surveillance by your physician(s) is indicated if only mild coronary disease is present. Read more...