As soon as you start to feel symptoms, it is important that you see your doctor, or check in with your heart doctor if you are already seeing one. Your primary care doctor can refer you to a heart doctor, known as a cardiologist, if you are not currently working with one.
Your heart doctor will usually use an electrocardiogram (ECG) test, exercise stress test, or cardiac angiogram to diagnose CAD.
An electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) measures your heart’s electrical activity and may show whether your heart has been damaged by a heart attack.
A stress test records your heart’s electrical activity while you are exercising to reveal heart-related problems.
A coronary angiogram can show if any blockage and/or narrowing have taken place. A special dye is injected into the coronary arteries so that they can be seen in an x-ray. Information from the angiogram will help your doctor decide how to treat you.
Your doctor will refer you to an interventional cardiologist; someone who specializes in higher-level treatment, when he or she decides which treatment will be best for you.
If you are diagnosed with CAD, it is important that you see your heart doctor to decide which treatment will be best for you. Fill out a discussion guide and take it to your next appointment with your cardiologist to discuss the right treatment for you.
Your doctor will perform a series of tests to determine your diagnosis, and may then refer you to an interventional cardiologist for further evaluation.
Who treats coronary artery disease (CAD)?
There are many different doctors involved in your CAD treatment.
Still have other questions about CAD?
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