Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and kills more than 370,000 people every year in the United States. At Premier Cardiology Consultants, with locations in New Hyde Park on Long Island, and Forest Hills, Rochdale, Jamaica, and Richmond Hill in Queens, New York, the cardiology team specializes in the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease and can develop a treatment plan to improve heart health. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Coronary artery disease occurs when there’s damage or a blockage in the arteries that supply blood to your heart. A buildup of fat, cholesterol, and calcium, collectively referred to as plaque, is the most common cause of coronary artery disease.
The plaque causes your arteries to harden and narrow, which restricts the flow of blood to your heart. You can also develop blood clots, which may completely block the artery.
Coronary artery disease develops gradually over the years and may eventually lead to a heart attack or heart failure.
Due to the gradual buildup of plaque, you may not experience any symptoms until the blockage is severe. Common symptoms of coronary artery disease include:
Angina is a form of chest pain that develops due to a lack of oxygen-rich blood to the heart. This type of chest pain may be triggered by emotional or physical stress and lasts only a few minutes.
If your heart isn’t able to pump enough oxygen-rich blood throughout your body then you may experience shortness of breath, the feeling as though you’re unable to get enough air.
If the artery to your heart is completely blocked then you’ll have a heart attack. Crushing pressure in your chest that radiates to your arm are classic symptoms of a heart attack and requires immediate medical attention.
If you have concerns about heart health or you’re experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, the team at Premier Cardiology Consultants can provide the care you need.
Premier Cardiology Consultants is a full-service cardiology practice that conducts comprehensive examinations to diagnose coronary artery disease. During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms and conducts a physical exam.
To confirm a diagnosis, the team may conduct testing such as an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, or event monitoring.
Treatment for your coronary artery disease may include a combination of lifestyle changes and medication. Your specialist at Premier Cardiology Consultants works closely with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan.
Your treatment may include:
In severe cases, surgery may be needed to improve blood flow to your heart, such as angioplasty, stent placement, or coronary artery bypass surgery.
Coronary artery disease is common but you can take steps to improve heart health and reduce your risk of more serious health issues. For comprehensive care, call Premier Cardiology Consultants or request an appointment online today.