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What are the best tests to rule out cad?

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Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: The most accurate

is a heart cath - invasive, costly, occasionally causes problems - can't do that on everyone.
all other tests are not as good. your doc chooses the most appropriate test on the basis of your pre-test risk determined by the clinical characteristics of your case. Early CAD is well detected by a "coronary calcium score" sometimes advertised as a heart scan.

In brief: The most accurate

is a heart cath - invasive, costly, occasionally causes problems - can't do that on everyone.
all other tests are not as good. your doc chooses the most appropriate test on the basis of your pre-test risk determined by the clinical characteristics of your case. Early CAD is well detected by a "coronary calcium score" sometimes advertised as a heart scan.
Dr. Robert Henson
Dr. Robert Henson
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: No single test

A number of lab tests measuring lipids, hscrp, assess the risk for cad; exercise tests, angiography, radionucletotide scanning may help in detecting vascular lesions.
As with any test there are false negatives and false positives.

In brief: No single test

A number of lab tests measuring lipids, hscrp, assess the risk for cad; exercise tests, angiography, radionucletotide scanning may help in detecting vascular lesions.
As with any test there are false negatives and false positives.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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