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Coronary Artery Disease

Understanding Coronary Artery Disease

At CardioVascular Health Clinic, your heart is our top priority. 

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with coronary artery disease or are at risk of developing the disease, it is essential to get evaluated and understand your options for coronary artery treatment if you’re diagnosed. 

Coronary artery disease often exhibits few symptoms until it threatens your health and life. So don’t delay a thorough examination– get the care you need now. 

Let’s discuss coronary artery disease in more detail, including what it is, common coronary artery symptoms, and effective treatment options and lifestyle changes. 

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease is a common cardiovascular health condition affecting thousands yearly.

The coronary arteries are the heart’s primary blood vessels. Coronary artery disease occurs when those arteries become damaged or diseased.

Causes and Risk Factors

The leading cause of coronary artery disease is plaque buildup in the coronary arteries. Plaque is composed of fatty and cholesterol deposits. 

Long-term plaque accumulation can narrow the arteries, restricting blood flow to the heart. 

The decreased blood flow can lead to other cardiovascular problems, including chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart attack.

Coronary artery disease is often caused by atherosclerosis– the hardening and clogging of arteries because of plaque buildup and damage to a coronary artery’s inner layer. 

Several factors can increase your risk of developing atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease, including

  • A sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity
  • Diabetes or insulin resistance
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Age, gender, and family history of heart disease
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Overweight or obesity
  • High stress

More than one risk factor, or specific combinations, can increase your chances of developing coronary artery disease.

Coronary Artery Disease Symptoms

Coronary artery disease develops gradually over many years, and symptoms may not appear until there is a severe blockage or a heart attack. 

Symptoms of coronary artery disease may include:

  • Abnormal chest pain (angina)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart attack

Early detection can help get you the coronary artery treatment you need to prevent long-term cardiovascular complications.

Coronary Artery Disease Treatment

If left untreated, coronary artery disease can lead to other cardiovascular conditions, including heart failure or arrhythmias. 

During your initial visit, one of our physicians will conduct a few diagnostic tests to determine if you suffer from coronary artery disease, including a heart scan, stress test, and an electro- or echocardiogram.

Because of its chronic nature, treatment for coronary artery disease often requires lifestyle changes, including

  • Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet
  • Participating in regular moderate exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Weight loss to maintain a healthy weight 
  • Stress reduction

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 to prevent, diagnose, and treat 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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