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Coronary Artery Disease Specialist

Mission Heart & Vascular

Board Certified Interventional Cardiologists & Peripheral Vascular Disease located in Mission, TX

Coronary artery disease is a common condition that increases your risk of heart attacks and heart failure. If you have symptoms or think you’re at risk for coronary heart disease, Mission Heart & Vascular in Mission, Texas, can help. Led by board-certified interventional cardiologists Gabriel Todd Faz, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and Kiran Mangalpally, MD, the practice offers in-office diagnostics and comprehensive treatment plans. To speak with a cardiologist about your heart health, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Coronary Artery Disease Q & A

What is coronary artery disease?

Your coronary arteries are responsible for supplying blood, oxygen, and nutrients to your heart. Damage or disease to the coronary arteries is referred to as coronary artery disease, or coronary heart disease.

In most cases, coronary heart disease is caused by inflammation and a buildup of plaque in your arteries that restricts blood flow to your heart. Coronary heart disease can cause a number of symptoms, like chest pain or shortness of breath. 

If one of your coronary arteries is completely blocked, it can lead to a heart attack. The symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Severe pressure in the chest
  • Pain in the shoulders or arm
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath

For women, the symptoms of a heart attack can also include neck pain, jaw pain, or nausea. If you experience symptoms of a heart attack, you should seek emergency care right away.

If you’re at risk of coronary heart disease, Mission Heart & Vascular can determine the best way to improve your heart health. 

Who is at risk for coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease is usually caused by high levels of cholesterol that cause plaque to build up and block your arteries. Additional risk factors for coronary artery disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Unhealthy diet

Your risk of coronary artery disease increases with age. People with a family history of heart disease are also at a higher risk. Certain lifestyle factors, like physical inactivity or an unhealthy diet, can increase your risk of coronary artery disease. 

How is coronary artery disease diagnosed?

Your diagnosis begins with a physical exam and discussion of your symptoms and medical history. To determine the cause of your condition, Mission Heart & Vascular may conduct several additional tests like:

  • Blood test
  • EKG
  • Echocardiogram
  • Exercise stress test
  • Cardiac catheterization

Many cardiovascular conditions share similar symptoms, so an accurate diagnosis is very important. After your examination, Mission Heart & Vascular works with you to determine the most effective treatment. 

How is coronary artery disease treated?

Mission Heart & Vascular takes a comprehensive approach to treating coronary artery disease. In addition to medication, the team uses lifestyle changes to help patients improve the health of their arteries. 

Lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and choosing healthier foods can go a long way in improving your heart health. If your condition is severe, your doctor may suggest a more aggressive approach like coronary angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery. 

To find out which treatment is right for you, call Mission Heart & Vascular or book your appointment online today.