Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Diagnosing CAD

Physicians at the University of Maryland Heart Center begin the diagnosis process by talking to patients about symptoms, medical history and risk factors, including family history of CAD, cigarette smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

A physical exam and diagnostic tests are then performed to evaluate the extent of the CAD, its effect on the function of the patient's heart, and the best form of treatment.

There are many tests that may help to diagnose CAD. Usually, more than one test will be done before a definitive diagnosis can be made.

Some of the tests include:

The Heart Center offers immediate access to the most advanced, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing equipment available, such as digital cardiac catheterization laboratories, PET/CT scanners and fast multi-slice CT scanners. These technologies allow doctors to not only detect disease and develop individualized treatment plans for patients but to also predict and prevent future disease.

This page was last updated: September 15, 2014

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