Coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as heart disease, is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the heart.
CAD is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.
A gradual build-up of cholesterol-containing deposits (plaque) on the walls of the arteries (atherosclerosis) can cause CAD.
Plaque narrows or blocks the arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart muscle.
This can result in:
We offer standard and minimally invasive procedures to treat:
Coronary artery disease (CAD) or heart disease, may develop slowly over many years, and it often can go unnoticed until serious symptoms develop.
Serious symptoms of CAD — including heart attack and instant death — can occur without warning.
More common symptoms include:
If you go to the emergency room with chest pain, some tests will be done right away to determine if you are experiencing angina or a heart attack.
Your doctor will order tests to:
Testing may include:
Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to expect your test results and will call you when they're available.
The UPMC Advanced Cardiac Imaging Program uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tests and procedures not found at other medical centers in the region. Our highly advanced equipment provides unprecedented views of the heart and coronary arteries.
UPMC's integrated team of cardiologists and other specialists work together to provide a full range of treatment options for coronary artery disease (CAD), also called heart disease.
Tailored to the cause and severity of your CAD, your heart disease treatment may include:
UPMC's Cardiac Catheterization Program specialists perform more than 16,000 diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization procedures each year.
And more than 950 coronary artery bypass graft surgeries were performed at UPMC hospitals last year. Our cardiothoracic surgeons have helped pioneer the use of minimally invasive techniques in heart surgery, performing the first minimally invasive coronary bypass graft surgery in the tristate (Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia) region.
Learn more about heart and vascular treatments at UPMC.
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