Coronary Artery Disease
We Provide Coronary Artery Disease Care in West Valley
Cardiac Solutions provides medical care to patients throughout the West Valley who suffer from coronary artery disease (CAD). Our board-certified cardiologists are dedicated to delivering exceptional cardiac care by taking an individualized approach and promoting wellness through education, innovation, and technology. We have been helping patients in the area for well over three decades, during which time we have earned a reputation for our innovative treatments and personal attention. We can provide a host of surgical options for individuals with coronary artery disease to improve their health and long-term outlooks.
What Is Coronary Artery Disease?
The most common type of heart disease in the U.S. is coronary artery disease which is caused by plaque buildup in arterial walls. When an excess of cholesterol and other deposits build up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart and other parts of the body, the inside of the arteries begin to narrow and may partially or totally block blood flow. This blockage makes it difficult for your heart to get enough blood and can eventually weaken the muscle. In severe circumstances, a weakened heart muscle can lead to an irregular heartbeat, a heart attack, or even heart failure.
Ways to Diagnose Coronary Artery Disease
The first sign of coronary artery disease (CAD) for some people is a heart attack. But others notice CAD developments before the situation becomes dire. Individuals who are overweight, inactive, or have an unhealthy diet are at risk for coronary artery disease. It is important to schedule an appointment with Cardiac Solutions’ team of medical experts to assess your risk levels, especially if you fall into any of those categories. Symptoms including arrhythmia or chest pains should also prompt a visit to our office. We can diagnose coronary artery disease using a host of tests, including electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, and exercise stress tests, among others.
Surgical Options for Coronary Artery Disease
Cardiac Solutions provides several surgical options for coronary artery disease patients. Early, effective treatment significantly increases the probability of a positive outcome for individuals with the condition. Visit any of our locations – in Peoria, Sun City West, or Glendale – for diagnostic testing to help us determine which strategy is best for you. The surgical procedures we offer include:
Coronary Angiogram – Left Heart Catheterization
A coronary angiogram is a type of x-ray that our cardiologists can use to determine which, if any, of your coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked entirely. This test will inform us as to whether you need treatment and what kind would work best. To perform a coronary angiogram, we will insert a catheter into an artery through your groin, wrist, or arm and up to your left heart. We then introduce a special fluid into the catheter to allow the arteries to become apparent on x-rays. Upon evaluation of the resulting x-ray images, our doctors will decide a suitable treatment plan, if necessary. We can also measure heart pumping functions, heart pressures, and tight or leaky valves between the bottom and upper chambers of the heart.
Coronary Intervention – Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
Percutaneous coronary intervention also involves the use of a catheter. Our team of experts threads the catheter through the blood vessels into the narrow section of one’s coronary artery. Once in place, we inflate a balloon tip covered with a stent. In the process, the balloon tip compresses the plaque buildup and expands the stent. We will then deflate the balloon and withdraw it, leaving behind the stent, which improves blood flow and decreases heart-related chest pain.
Right Heart Catheterization
During a right heart catheterization, Cardiac Solutions’ cardiologists insert a catheter into the right side of one’s heart and into the pulmonary artery to measure blood flow through the heart as well as heart and lung pressures, oxygen levels, and electrical problems in the heart. Based on the results of cardiac catheterization, we can propose treatment plans such as angioplasty, coronary artery bypass surgery, or medical therapy.
- Closing holes in the heart
- Fixing congenital disabilities
- Repairing heart valves
- Using ablation to treat irregular heart rhythms
- Closing part of one’s heart to prevent blood clots
Contact Cardiac Solutions for CAD Options Today
If you or a loved one is suffering from or at risk of coronary artery disease, do not hesitate to seek treatment from the professional team at Cardiac Solutions. Our innovative options can help improve your prognosis and help you remain active despite your condition. We are proud to provide left and right heart catheterization as well as percutaneous coronary intervention to help restore blood flow to your heart, allowing you to return to a regular routine and improve your overall health. Do not wait for a serious health scare before taking control of your wellness. Contact us today to get started.