Coronary artery disease occurs when the coronary arteries, the heart’s primary blood vessels, become damaged or diseased by a buildup of plaque. Plaque is composed of fatty and cholesterol deposits. Long-term accumulation of plaque can narrow the arteries, restricting blood flow to the heart. The decreased blood flow can lead to the development of other cardiovascular problems including chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart attack.
Coronary artery disease is often caused by atherosclerosis, a term that refers to the hardening and clogging of arteries as a result of plaque build up and damage to a coronary artery’s inner layer. Several factors can increase your risk of developing atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease, such as:
More than one risk factor, or specific combinations, can increase your chances of developing coronary artery disease.
Coronary artery disease develops gradually over many years, and symptoms may not appear until there is a severe blockage or a heart attack. These symptoms may include:
If left untreated, coronary artery disease can lead to a host of other cardiovascular conditions, including heart failure or arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat). Your physician will conduct any of a number of diagnostic tests to determine if you suffer from coronary artery disease, such as a heart scan, stress test, and electro- or echocardiogram.
Because of its chronic nature, treatment for coronary artery disease often requires lifestyle changes, including:
Treatment plans may also include a combination of medications to improve blood flow and reduce cholesterol. More severe cases may require advanced procedures like angioplasty or bypass surgery.
The team of cardiology and vascular specialists at CardioVascular Health Clinic offers decades of combined experience in treating coronary artery disease. Their integrated approach to patient health ensures Oklahomans receive the best care possible for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular conditions.
Coronary artery disease can be a silent killer. If you are concerned about your risk for developing coronary artery disease, call CardioVascular Health Clinic today at (405) 701-9880 or visit our website to make an appointment.
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