Coronary Artery Disease
Treating Coronary Artery Disease at Allegheny Health Network
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.