Know Your Testing Options — You Have a Choice
Symptoms that might indicate you have a heart problem shouldn't be ignored. But only 1 out of every 10 patients with chest pain or related symptoms who undergoes testing for suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) actually receives a positive diagnosis. So there's a high likelihood that CAD is not the cause of symptoms in many patients. Learn about your testing options so that you, with your healthcare provider's guidance, can get to the cause of your symptoms quickly, accurately, and safely.
There are several testing options available for CAD. Some tests can perform less accurately in women, and some may come with risks and side effects, such as radiation exposure from medical imaging scans or bleeding complications associated with surgical procedures.
Be sure to do your research and get informed, so you and your healthcare provider can determine the best testing plan for you.