Coronary artery disease (CAD) is caused by plaque, or fatty deposits, that builds up in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart and other parts of the body. As the condition progresses, the buildup restricts blood flow to the heart muscle. Over time, this can weaken or damage the heart and cause a heart attack.
CAD is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Unfortunately, many people don’t know that they have coronary artery problems until they have a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack include:
If you experience these symptoms, take them seriously, and call 911 immediately.
Our goal is to quickly determine what’s causing your symptoms. If blood flow to your heart has been blocked, Mercy heart specialists will work swiftly to reopen your artery and dissolve any blood clots.
Mercy offers you the very best heart and vascular specialists, along with the latest in diagnostics and treatment options. We’re at the ready when every minute counts.
Your doctor will do a physical exam and discuss your risk factors. In addition, your doctor may order:
Treatment focuses on lowering your risk for heart attack and stroke, and managing your symptoms. This might include: