Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms of CAD

Chest pain (angina), changes in heart rate and shortness of breath may indicate heart problems or heart disease.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations (irregular heartbeats)
  • A faster heartbeat
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Excessive sweating

Diagnosis of CAD

If a doctor suspects CAD, he or she may refer the patient to a specialist in cardiology.  The doctor will consider the patient’s symptoms, medical history and risk factors before conducting an appropriate test to diagnose the problem.

The most common tests include:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Exercise treadmill test
  • Echocardiography (Echo)
  • Myocardial perfusion scan
  • Electron-Beam Computed Tomography (EBCT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Angiogram