When the arteries that supply your heart with the oxygenated blood it needs to function are damaged or compromised in any way, coronary artery disease occurs. Chronic health conditions like diabetes and obesity are prime causes and can irreparably damage your arteries and other blood vessels throughout the body.
Blockages in the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque and fatty substances also contribute to coronary artery disease. These blockages can restrict blood flow to the point where the heart itself is damaged. When both the arteries and the heart muscle become damaged, a heart attack is often the result.
Dr. Salem uses several different treatment methods to treat coronary artery disease. Prescription medications are often used to thin the blood and help increase the flow of blood to the area. Minimally invasive procedures, like balloon angioplasties and coronary bypasses, can also re-open the blocked arteries or reroute the flow of blood.
Positive lifestyle changes that include the following may also be extremely beneficial:
Simple changes in your lifestyle can have a profound effect on coronary artery disease.
For many people, coronary artery disease is a genetic possibility. If you have a family history where your parents, grandparents or other immediate relatives were diagnosed with any heart condition, the odds are that you’re genetically predisposed to it as well. When you schedule your appointment with Dr. Salem, you’ll be asked to provide a very detailed family medical history.
After a thorough physical examination and battery of tests, Dr. Salem can use the information in your medical history combined with the examination and test results to identify potential genetic factors that may affect your health and result in the occurrence of coronary artery disease.
As a courtesy to our patients, HFSCA is happy to file insurance claims on your behalf. We accept all major insurance carriers. If you do not have insurance, please contact our billing department to discuss alternative payment options. Our billing office, Schnecks, SC, can be reached at (920) 939-6058.