In order to diagnose angina
, your healthcare provider will ask a number of questions, including questions about:
- Current symptoms
- Other medical conditions
- Current medications
- Risk factors for angina and coronary heart disease
- Family history of medical conditions, including heart disease.
Your healthcare provider will also perform a physical exam, looking for signs and symptoms of angina
, and recommend certain tests and/or procedures. These procedures are used to:
- Decide if you have angina
- Determine the extent and severity of the disease
- Rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.
Tests Used to Diagnose Angina
Some of the tests your healthcare provider may recommend to help make an angina diagnosis include:
- Blood tests
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
- Stress tests
- Nuclear heart scans
- Cardiac catheterization
- Other tests.
Your doctor uses your physical exam results, your risk factors, family history, and your symptoms to decide which test or tests to order.