The process of diagnosing coronary artery disease will likely start with one or more symptoms, such as chest pain or shortness of breath, that lead to a visit with your primary care physician. Your doctor will perform a routine physical exam, assess your risk factors, and discuss your family history of heart problems.

If there are enough factors pointing to a potentially larger problem such as CAD, your doctor will refer you to a cardiologist, who specializes in treating heart problems in adults. There is no one definitive test to diagnose CAD, so a cardiologist will likely run a battery of diagnostic tests to help diagnose CAD or diagnose and/or rule out other conditions.

Learn about tests used to diagnose CAD.