Coronary Artery Disease

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as coronary heart disease or simply heart disease, is the most common type of heart disease.

CAD is a result of the buildup of plaque on the inner walls of the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen and nutrient-rich blood directly to your heart. This buildup can begin early in life, and usually occurs over many years as cholesterol, fatty substances, cellular waste products, calcium and clotting agents in the blood stick to your arterial walls. This causes your arteries to harden and narrow, restricting the flow of blood and causing inflammation (a condition known as arteriosclerosis). The reduced blood flow and potential for blockages can lead to serious conditions such as arrhythmias, heart failure, heart attack and cardiac arrest. 

Baptist Health is known for advanced, superior care for patients with heart disease and the diagnosis, management and treatment of coronary artery disease. You will appreciate timely appointments and a professional, friendly atmosphere where we take time to listen to your concerns. At Baptist Health, you have access to the region’s most comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of specialists and innovative therapies, including many available only through specialized clinical trials. In every way, we work to demonstrate the utmost in excellent care to those who trust us with their health.