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CAD Treatment in Washington D.C.

What Is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease is caused by plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) along the walls of the coronary arteries, which are responsible for supplying blood to the heart. Over time, this plaque buildup can cause narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries and lead to highly increased risks for serious conditions such as a heart attack as it becomes more difficult for oxygen to travel through the blood to reach vital organs.

Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease as well as the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. It is important for individuals to know their risks of coronary artery disease, and to practice healthy habits every day that can help to significantly reduce their chances of complications caused by this condition. If you have a family history of heart disease or are experiencing symptoms, contact board-certified cardiologist Dr. John Trujillo to discuss your diagnosis and treatment. To schedule a consultation at our cardiology clinic in Washington D.C., please call (240) 449-1100 today.

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What Are the Risk Factors of CAD?

  • Being overweight
  • Unhealthy eating
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Age
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes

What Are the Symptoms of CAD?

Some general signs that an individual may be suffering from coronary artery disease include:

  • Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
  • Shortness of breath that may occur with or before chest discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Cold sweats
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Lack of energy

Coronary artery disease tends to lead to other health problems and conditions. If you experience any of the following complications, it may be due to coronary artery disease:

  • Heart Failure: When the heart is unable to circulate enough blood throughout the body. Specific symptoms can include exaggerated fatigue, shortness of breath, and swelling of the ankles and legs.
  • ArrhythmiaAn abnormal rate and rhythm of your heart that is often characterized by a skipping heartbeat.
  • Heart Attack: When oxygen is entirely cut off to a section of the heart due to blockage.

How is CAD Treated?

The most common treatments for coronary artery disease that Dr. Trujillo offers are catheter-based procedures including angioplasty, stents, and atherectomy. A coronary angioplasty is a procedure to open a blocked or narrow coronary artery.

Schedule a Consultation for Coronary Artery Disease Treatment in Washington D.C.

f you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of heart disease, contact board-certified cardiologist, Dr. John Trujillo to discuss your symptoms and the treatment options available. For more information on the surgical treatment for coronary artery disease, please call (240) 449-1100 or request an appointment online. With our cardiology clinic near Washington, DC, patients will drive from Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton-Glenmont, and Hyattsville for care.