Coronary artery disease leads to major health incidents, including heart attack and heart failure. Cardiovascular specialist Alex Alperovich, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and the team at Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center in Jackson, Tennessee, are experts at evaluating, diagnosing, and treating coronary artery disease. They even have a heart catheter lab to help with diagnosis. Call the office at (731) 215-1281 or schedule an appointment online today to meet with Dr. Alperovich.

Coronary Artery Disease and Treatment Q & A

What is coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is diagnosed when the blood vessels that supply your heart are damaged or diseased. Usually, these arteries are clogged with cholesterol-containing deposits called plaque and inflamed such that nutrients, oxygen, and blood can’t support your heart.

If any of these major arteries become completely blocked, you may experience a heart attack.

How does coronary artery disease develop?

Coronary artery disease develops over decades due to a number of issues, including:

  • Lifestyle choices such as poor diet and lack of exercise
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes

Plaque builds up over time, narrowing your coronary arteries. A healthy lifestyle goes a long way in preventing coronary artery disease.

What are the symptoms of coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease doesn’t always present with symptoms, but you may experience shortness of breath and chest pain, known as angina. In extreme cases, you may not know you have coronary artery disease until you suffer a heart attack. Seek an evaluation with Dr. Alperovich if you have any symptoms so you can avoid serious complications.

How is coronary artery disease diagnosed?

At Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center, Dr. Alperovich may order an echocardiogram or stress test to help diagnose coronary artery disease.

The clinic also has a heart catheter lab in the clinic that helps with diagnosis. With this procedure, Dr. Alperovich injects a special dye into the arteries of your heart through a long, thin tube. The dye then makes clear any narrow spots or blockages when you undergo an X-ray.

How is coronary artery disease treated?

Lifestyle changes can help a great deal when you have coronary artery disease. Dr. Alperovich may recommend you quit smoking, revise your diet to include healthy foods and avoid processed products, and exercise regularly to help manage your weight and reduce stress.

Other treatments can include medications and, in some cases, surgery. Dr. Alperovich may advise you to get an angioplasty and stent placed or undergo coronary bypass surgery, which helps clear clogged arteries.

If you have major risk factors for coronary artery disease or experience any symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

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