Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in both men and women in America. If you have coronary artery disease, the team of cardiovascular experts at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center, in Frontenac, Missouri, offers customized treatments and care to treat your condition and improve your cardiovascular and overall health. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease. It develops when the major artery that supplies your heart with oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood becomes damaged or blocked.
Lifestyle factors such as a high-fat diet and smoking contribute to plaque building up in your arteries, which causes them to narrow. The narrowing of your arteries can increase your blood pressure and reduce the efficiency of your circulation, including the blood flow to your heart, which can cause a range of disruptive symptoms.
Chest pain is one of the primary signs of coronary artery disease. You may also experience shortness of breath. However, many patients don’t experience noticeable warning signs and may not know they have coronary artery disease until they have a heart attack.
Having routine blood pressure screenings and cardiac assessments is the best way to catch coronary artery disease and other cardiovascular problems in their early stages.
If you think you’re having a heart attack, you should go to the emergency room immediately.
The team of expert cardiologists at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center diagnoses coronary artery disease with a comprehensive physical exam and a wide range of diagnostic tests.
For example, your cardiologist may order electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, or stress tests to monitor and measure your heart function as well as the flow of blood in and out of your heart. They may also suggest a cardiac angiogram or a CT cardiac angiogram.
Your doctor at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center provides a customized treatment plan to restore your cardiovascular and overall health. After your consultation, your doctor works with you to implement lifestyle modifications and introduce medication to restore your cardiovascular health.
They may also recommend a surgical procedure to open and clear your blood vessels to improve your blood flow, such as stenting or procedures to remove plaque from your arteries. In severe cases, your doctor may suggest coronary bypass surgery.
If you’ve experienced symptoms of coronary artery disease or are concerned about your cardiovascular health, call Frontenac Cardiovascular Center or schedule a consultation online today.