Cardiovascular Institute

Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of cardiac disease and the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It develops when your coronary arteries – the major blood vessels that supply your heart with blood and oxygen – become narrow from a buildup of cholesterol-containing, fatty deposits called plaque. Clogged arteries cause decreased blood flow to your heart, which may cause you to have chest pain and shortness of breath. A complete blockage could cause you to have a stroke or a heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction.

The Cardiovascular Institute is a national leader in diagnosing and treating heart disease. We examine the heart – inside and outside – with every conceivable tool to accurately pinpoint the cause and location of your heart disease. And our cardiac catheterization doctors and cardiac surgeons are available around the clock for emergency cases. We do everything possible to immediately treat our cardiac patients in order to minimize damage to the heart and improve each patient’s outcome.


Why the Cardiovascular Institute?

Expertise and teamwork
For more than half of a century, our heart physicians have been leaders in cardiac care. The Allegheny Health Network Cardiovascular Institute’s success rates for heart procedures exceed national averages and consistently rank among the best in in the region. We have been recognized as being among the best in the country by Thompson Reuters, U.S. News and World Report, and the American Heart Association.

Innovative, groundbreaking treatments
Treatments for heart disease have become more effective over the last several decades because of forward-thinking physicians with creative ideas. And CVI doctors help lead the way in developing and implementing these advances. We use cutting-edge diagnostic equipment and technology to find even the smallest heart abnormality, perform the most innovative techniques and surgeries to treat any heart condition, and use novel medications that treat your disease while maintaining your quality of life.

Personalized care and attention
At the Cardiovascular Institute, your care is all about you. We understand that every heart patient has different needs, circumstances and challenges and that no one treatment plan is suited for every patient. Our specialists collaborate to develop an in-depth medical strategy specific to each patient’s condition and situation. While receiving any heart-care service from us, this dedicated team works diligently to provide you with quality, compassionate and reassuring care.

Progressive research
We continually conduct new research that leads to even better ways to prevent, find and treat heart disease. Many of our patients are suitable candidates for these novel devices and clinical trials, giving them even more promising results for their heart health.

Care close to home
We know how important your time is, so we have made specialized heart care convenient for you to reach. Through our network’s seven hospitals and 20 outpatient cardiovascular offices, you can receive tests, treatments, procedures and overall heart care close to your home and in comfortable surroundings.

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