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Coronary Artery Disease

A picture of a doctor wearing a stethoscope around her neck showing a patient an up-close image of the coronary arteries.

Coronary artery disease is caused by plaque buildup along the walls of the coronary arteries, the arteries that supply blood to your heart. Over time, the plaque buildup could cause narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, a major reason for a heart attack. This build-up is called atherosclerosis. This makes it difficult for blood to deliver oxygen to vital organs and the brain and can also lead to blood clotting. Coronary Artery Disease is the most common heart disease and the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women.

If you think you may have coronary artery disease, don’t wait to see a specialist.

Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

  • Being Overweight
  • Unhealthy Eating
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Age
  • Family History of Heart Disease
  • Diabetes

Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease tends to lead to other complications and conditions and may be the root cause. Some general symptoms include:

  • Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, which may occur with or before chest discomfort.
  • Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, light-headedness or fainting, or breaking out in a cold sweat.
  • Sleep problems, fatigue (tiredness), or lack of energy.

However, if you have the following, it may be due to Coronary Artery Disease:

  • Heart Failure: When the heart fails to pump the proper amount of blood that your body needs. You may notice more fatigue, shortness of breath, and swelling of the ankles and legs.
  • Arrhythmia: When there is an issue with the rate and rhythm of your heart. It tends to “skip beats”.
  • Heart Attack: When oxygen is entirely cut off to a section of the heart due to blockage.

Treatment for Coronary Artery Disease in New Jersey

The most common treatment for Coronary Artery Disease is the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG). During the surgery, a bypass is created by grafting a piece of a vein above and below the blocked area of a coronary artery, enabling blood to flow around the obstruction. Veins are usually taken from the leg, but arteries from the chest may also be used to create a bypass graft.

Robotic CABG procedure is becoming more common and results in a shorter recovery time and hospital stay as well as smaller scarring.

Schedule an appointment with Cardiology Associates of Sussex County in Franklin, NJ; Vernon, NJ; Milford, PA; or Newton, NJ, today to get started. Give our office a call at (973) 579-2100 or request an appointment through our secure online form.

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