Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease and is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. CAD is the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, usually caused by atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the buildup of cholesterol and fatty deposits (plaque) on the inner walls of the arteries, which can restrict blood flow to the heart muscle by physically clogging the artery or by causing abnormal artery tone and function. Without an adequate blood supply, the heart becomes starved of oxygen and the vital nutrients it needs to work properly. The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is angina, often referred to as chest pain. Treatment for coronary artery disease involves reducing your risk factors, taking medications, possibly undergoing invasive and/or surgical procedures and seeing your doctor for regular visits. Treating coronary artery disease is important to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke. Take advantage of this opportunity to have your questions answered by cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Ellis, from Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute.
Dr. Ellis is the Section Head of Invasive/Interventional Cardiology in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He also is co-director and co-founder of the Cardiovascular Genebank. His principal clinical interests are complex coronary interventions, novel treatments for inoperable patients, minimally invasive treatments for aortic valve diseases and studies to better understand the basis and predict the occurrence of disease (genomics and proteomics).
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