Coronary Artery Disease
Restricted Blood Flow in the Arteries to Your Heart
Mercy Health employs a variety of expert treatment methods for coronary artery disease (CAD). Please consult your physician, who will work alongside you to create a personalized plan that best fits your medical situation.
What is Coronary Artery Disease?
CAD is the most common type of cardiovascular disease in the United States. It's caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries leading to your heart and other parts of your body. The plaque can cause a narrowing or blockage of blood vessels, restricting the flow of blood. The process of plaque buildup in arteries is called atherosclerosis, which can lead to chest pain, also called angina.
Medications for preventing CAD include aspirin, cholesterol-lowering drugs, high blood pressure medications and nitrate drugs. In extreme cases, surgical procedures may be the best course of action, including angioplasty and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Regardless of the medical treatment prescribed to the patient, lifestyle changes are absolutely essential for treating CAD.