How do doctors diagnose coronary artery disease?

Several ways. It is suspected by the symptoms typically pain in the chest on exertion. An EKG can be done at rest or better still during exercise. Sometimes in addition some slightly radioactive material is injected and "pictures" are taken before and after the exercise. Dye can be injected directly into the coronary arteries to see if ane where they are blocked. Ct scans and mri's can also be used.
Tests. Ekg, stress tests, coronary angiography ? While calcium scores are suggestive do not confuse them with being diagnostic.

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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...

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is coronary artery disease and how does drug eluting stents help?

Fatty buildups. In young, healthy individuals the inner lining of the blood vessels is clean and smooth. Overtime, for many reasons, the inner surface of the heart blood vessels (coronary arteries) may start becoming bumpy/lumpy or blocked due to fat (cholesterol) deposits called "atherosclerotic plaque". Stents help unblocking the arteries by getting the plaque out of the way so that more blood flow is available. Read more...

Help doctors! What're the treatments for coronary artery disease (cad)?

Medicines. There are medicines. Angioplasty and bypass operations cabg all determined by appropriate tests and nature of cad there are lot of advancements in CAD treatments lipid management asprin/ace/arb/beta blockers and diet exercise. Read more...
Three. 1.Medical treatment to lower bp, heart rate and cholesterol, smoking cessation and good exercise and diet. 2. Angioplasty and stunting if the medical treatment fails or high risk cad 3. Coronary bypass surgery if the angiogram shows multi vessel or complex cad. Read more...

I smoke have chest pains been evaluated by doctors what is the likelihood that I have coronary artery disease? Trying to quit smoking any suggestions?

You're young. At your age, the risk of CAD is still very low - even though you smoke. Do you have diabetes, hypertension, family history of premature heart attacks or early death? Those would all raise your risk. Assuming average values: cholesterol 200, HDL 40, no hypertension or diabetes, your risk of CAD is 0.3% per year for the next 10 years. Please stop smoking. Only you can do it. Read more...
Determination. Your chances of having significant coronary disease at 25 is minimal. Smoking is by choice, as is stopping. The first and most successful step is to decide to stop. Everything else is window dressing. Don't buy them, you won't smoke them. Read more...

How do doctors test for coronary artery disease? I'm a man in my mid-twenties. Every couple of months, I experience a sharp, shooting pain in the area of my chest that covers my heart. The shooting pain only last for a minute or two, and then is alleviate

The . The type of pain you describe is pleuritic in nature. However if you are still concerned, you can follow up with your doctor to have a stress test done. If the stress test is abnormal, then a cardiac catherization can be done. Your age alone would make CAD very unlikely, but not impossible. Additional things to screen for risk factors would include a cholesterol check, blood pressure check, as well as a thorough history and physical by your primary physician. Hope this helps. Read more...
Talk to your MD. There are many tests that can be done. The best starting place is to talk with your doctor and be examined. The md will judge whether or not additional tests (i.e.. Stress test) are needed depending on your story, family history, risk factors, and exam. Read more...

How do you diagnose coronary artery disease?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

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...

Can an ECG diagnose coronary artery disease? Had hr of 160 went to er. Place on monitor and troponin done twice. Still have tight band around chest.

Not completely. May detect acute rhythm and ischemia, BUT more needed. Followup with cardiology and do stress testing.to detect exercize ischemia-angina-- Seems like NOT A HEART ATTACK per se! Read more...
EKG can give hints. Gold standard for diagnosing coronary artery disease is angiography. Abnormal patterns of EKG can provide clues to the presence of heart disease, but is not sufficient to diagnose it. Even normal troponins only tell you that there hasn't been a heart attack recently. One could still have underlying coronary artery disease. Read more...