Your coronary artery is the main blood vessel that delivers blood to your heart. If you develop a heart artery blockage, you have coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease. The team of expert cardiologists at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center, in Frontenac, Missouri, diagnoses and treats heart artery blockages to improve your health and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
Your aorta is the artery that delivers blood out of your heart so it can travel through the rest of your body. Your coronary arteries branch off of your aorta and provide blood to your heart. These arteries are at risk of becoming hardened or blocked, causing a condition known as coronary artery disease, which is the most common type of heart disease and a leading cause of heart attack and stroke.
Heart artery blockages don’t usually cause symptoms in their early stages. However, as your condition progresses, you may develop chest pain or shortness of breath.
While your family medical history and genetic factors are strong indicators of your risk of developing a heart artery blockage or another cardiovascular health problem, your lifestyle also contributes to your risk.
For example, an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle contribute to issues such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which in turn contribute to heart artery blockages. Similarly, smoking or being overweight can also increase your risk.
The team of expert cardiologists at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center diagnose heart artery blockages with a physical exam and diagnostic tests, including:
These tests allow your cardiologist to monitor and measure your heart function and see the blood flow in and out of your heart, including in your coronary arteries.
Your doctor at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center provides a customized treatment plan to get rid of your heart artery blockage and restore your cardiovascular and overall health.
The cardiologists focus on preventive care, including lifestyle modifications such as changes to your diet and exercise habits. They may also prescribe medication to restore your cardiovascular health.
In some cases, your cardiologist may also recommend a surgical procedure to open and clear your heart arteries to improve your blood flow, such as stenting or plaque removal procedures. In severe cases, your doctor may suggest coronary bypass surgery.
If you’ve experienced symptoms of a heart artery blockage or are concerned about your cardiovascular health, call Frontenac Cardiovascular Center or schedule a consultation online today.