Coronary Artery Disease Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
Coronary artery disease is caused by plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) along the walls of the coronary arteries, which are responsible for supplying blood to the heart. Over time, this plaque buildup can cause narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries and lead to highly increased risks for serious conditions such as a heart attack as it becomes more difficult for oxygen to travel through the blood to reach vital organs.
Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease as well as the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. It is important for individuals to know their risks of coronary artery disease, and to practice healthy habits every day that can help to significantly reduce their chances of complications caused by this condition.
The board-certified cardiologists at Tri-City Cardiology are expertly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. Call (480) 835-6100 to request an appointment at one of our cardiology clinics throughout the Mesa, Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Chandler, Sun Lakes, and Casa Grande area.
Risk Factors of Coronary Artery Disease
- Being overweight
- Unhealthy eating
- Lack of physical activity
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease
Some general signs that an individual may be suffering from coronary artery disease include:
- Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
- Shortness of breath that may occur with or before chest discomfort
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Cold sweats
- Trouble sleeping
- Lack of energy
Coronary artery disease tends to lead to other health problems and conditions. If you experience any of the following complications, it may be due to coronary artery disease:
- Heart Failure: When the heart is unable to circulate enough blood throughout the body. Specific symptoms can include exaggerated fatigue, shortness of breath, and swelling of the ankles and legs.
- Arrhythmia: An abnormal rate and rhythm of your heart that is often characterized by a skipping heartbeat.
Heart Attack: When oxygen is entirely cut off to a section of the heart due to blockage.
Request an Appointment
Consult with your cardiologist if you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of heart disease, and contact Tri-City Cardiology for more information about surgical treatment for coronary artery disease.