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Conditions We Treat: Coronary Artery Disease (Ischemic Heart Disease)

Coronary artery disease is a blockage or narrowing (stenosis) of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle, often due to a buildup of fatty plaque inside the arteries. A severe enough blockage may cause a heart attack. If not quickly treated, the blockage can cause parts of the heart muscle to die.

Coronary Artery Disease: What You Need to Know

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  • Arteries are quite often narrowed or blocked due to atherosclerosis, when fat, cholesterol and other deposits collect on the inside of the artery walls.
  • Your doctor’s goal will be to reduce your risk of heart attack by reducing further plaque buildup: getting your cholesterol and blood pressure within appropriate limits. You may also be given medication to lower your risk of blood clots.
  • If disease is well advanced, doctors may perform stenting to enlarge the opening in the artery, or they may perform bypass surgery, where a vein is taken from the leg and grafted to the coronary artery to send blood around the blockage.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute for treatment of coronary artery disease?

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Professor of Surgery Bruce Perler discusses causes, symptoms, risk factors and treatment of carotid artery disease and stroke.

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The Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease takes a multidisciplinary approach to helping you prevent heart disease and stroke—and that includes getting your cholesterol in check.

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