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Coronary Artery Disease

 

Call (718) 283-8902 for an appointment with an Ischemic Heart specialist or request an appointment online.

 

The coronary arteries supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. When blockages from plaque or inflammation in the coronary arteries restrict the blood supply to the heart muscle (a condition known as ischemic heart disease), this puts extra strain on the heart. This additional stress can lead to an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), acute coronary syndrome, or heart failure.

This narrowing of the arteries in the heart is called coronary atherosclerosis. Ateries may be narrowed in other parts of the body as well. Blockages which are in the arms, legs, or elsewhere indicate a condition called peripheral artery disease or peripheral vascular disease. Both conditions are types of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Removing these blockages can improve overall heart function, which may improve or resolve coronary artery disease symptoms. Controlling risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can help prevent the buildup of plaque or inflammation in the coronary arteries. Prevention and treatment are the primary focus at our coronary artery disease center in Brooklyn, NY.

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

  • Chest pain

  • Neck or jaw pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Lightheadedness or fainting

Diagnosis 

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)

  • Echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound)

  • Stress test

  • Cardiac catheterization

  • Computed Tomography (CT) Angiogram