Diagnosis of CAD

If you think you are at risk of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) it is important to speak with your health care provider. Whether you see a cardiologist, family physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, the first step is to ask about your risk for CAD. Typically your provider will take a medical and family history, perform a physical exam, and may conduct diagnostic tests.

Medical and Family History

Your health care provider is likely to spend some time reviewing:

  • Your medical history, including the presence of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other important factors
  • Your status as a current or former smoker
  • Any symptoms you may be experiencing sitting, standing, walking or climbing, or participating in other physical activities
  • Your current diet and medications