Think you may have some symptoms of coronary artery disease? First thing’s first, seek help. The more information you have, the better. Start by scheduling an appointment with your general doctor. They will perform a physical exam and if diagnosed, they will more than likely refer you to a specialist such as a cardiologist, vascular specialist, or even a neurologist.
Once you see a specialist, your healthcare provider may recommend one or more tests to officially diagnose your coronary artery disease. These tests can help define the extent of your disease and find the best treatment plan for you. According to MedlinePlus.gov, these procedures may include:
1. Blood Tests: These check the levels of such things as electrolytes, blood cells, clotting factors and hormones in the blood. Specific enzymes and proteins that can indicate problems with the heart will be tested for.
2. Ankle/Brachial Index: This compares the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm to see how well your blood is flowing. Used to help diagnose P.A.D.
3. ECG (Electrocardiogram): An ECG detects and