Testing Methods Comparison Chart
There are several testing options for obstructive CAD, but which test is right for you? Review your options and talk with your healthcare provider. Together you can determine the right care plan for you.
The only sex-specific blood test that takes into account the cardiovascular differences between women and men to help doctors rule out obstructive CAD.
Measures the heart's electrical activity. Small electrodes are placed on the chest while lying down or during a stress test.
Exercise test conducted on a treadmill (or stationary bike) to determine how the heart handles stress.
Test that utilizes exercise or medications to stress your heart; pictures are taken while your heart is under stress and at rest; uses an injection of dye for picture clarity.
An echocardiogram (echo) uses sound waves to produce images of your heart.
Chest scan that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to provide pictures of blood vessels around the heart; uses an injection of gadolinium dye.
Scan that uses X-rays to create detailed pictures of the heart and blood vessels. Used to view calcium buildup in arteries. This test is intended for patients who show no signs of heart disease.
Surgical procedure using X-ray imaging conducted with the injection of a special dye to find narrowed or blocked coronary arteries.
Print a summary of these testing methods and discuss your options with your healthcare provider.
- Gender differences in diagnosis and management of heart disease and cardiac arrhythmia management: why women are different from men. Women's Heart Foundation website. http://www.womensheart.org/content/HeartDisease/gender_differences.asp. Accessed December 3, 2014.