Cholesterol and fat can build up inside your blood vessels, causing them to become hardened or narrow (called atherosclerosis). Coronary artery disease happens when the arteries that carry blood to the heart muscle become narrow or clogged.
Coronary artery disease can put you at risk for:
- Angina: Chest pain or discomfort caused by not having enough blood or oxygen in your heart
- Heart attack: A blood clot blocks blood flow through the artery to the heart muscle
- Total coronary occlusion: One of your two main coronary arteries becomes totally blocked (called a chronic total occlusion if it lasts at least three months)
If you or a loved one might be having signs of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Comprehensive Care for Coronary Artery Disease
Nuvance Health works to prevent, diagnose, treat and reverse coronary artery disease and its related complications. Cardiovascular doctors work with you to diagnose and test your heart and vascular system (blood vessels).
We can recommend ways to reduce your risk of coronary artery disease by modifying risk factors, such as:
- Being overweight
- Lack of physical exercise
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- High blood cholesterol
Your experienced care team includes:
- Interventional cardiologists: Doctors who perform interventions on blocked arteries with stents
- Noninvasive cardiologists: Doctors who treat chronic coronary disease
We provide targeted, advanced treatment, including:
Medicine for Coronary Artery Disease
You may benefit from heart medicine and vascular medicine to thin the blood with anti-clotting drugs.
Interventional Procedures for Coronary Artery Disease
We perform these minimally invasive interventional cardiology procedures:
- Cardiac catheterization, an imaging procedure that helps us assess your heart function
- Balloon angioplasty, a technique that uses a small balloon to restore blood flow (and sometimes includes stents to keep the artery open)
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a procedure to open blocked arteries using balloons and stents
Surgery for Coronary Artery Disease
You may need vascular surgery, such as coronary bypass surgery, to repair severely blocked arteries.