How is cardiovascular disease diagnosed?

Your doctor will talk to you about your symptoms, medical history, and risk factors, and perform a physical exam.

Diagnostic tests, including blood tests, an electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG), echocardiogram, exercise stress test (combined with heart imaging technology such as stress echocardiography or nuclear imaging), coronary computed tomography angiogram (CTA), or cardiac catheterization can help provide a more complete and accurate picture of a woman’s heart health. These tests help your doctor evaluate the extent of your heart disease, its effect on the function of your heart and the best form of treatment for you.

Tests used to predict an increased risk for coronary artery disease include C-reactive protein (CRP), complete lipid profile, lipoprotein (a), MPO, TMAO, Plac and calcium score screening heart scan.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/29/2019.

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