Assessing Your Heart Disease Risk
A thorough physical examination is the first step in any comprehensive heart health assessment. But at some point, physicians may need to peer inside your body. Diagnostic tests can: • Confirm a diagnosis • Predict long-term outcomes • Identify patterns of disease associated
with an adverse prognosis • Identify patients who might benefit
from more aggressive interventions • Judge the risk of cardiac events Assessing a patient at risk of coronary artery disease depends on his or her health, age, and significantly, gender.