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Coronary Artery Disease
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Faisal Bakaeen, MD

  • Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute

Stephen Ellis, MD

  • Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Coronary artery disease is the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, due to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis (sometimes called “hardening” or “clogging” of the arteries) is the buildup of cholesterol and fatty deposits (called plaques) on the inner walls of the arteries. These plaques can restrict blood flow to the heart muscle by physically clogging the artery or by causing abnormal artery tone and function. Take this opportunity to have your questions answered by cardiologist Stephen Ellis, MD and cardiac surgeon Faisal Bakaeen, MD.

Your heart is a strong muscular pump that is responsible for moving about 3,000 gallons of blood through your body every day. Like other muscles, your heart requires a continuous supply of blood to work properly. Your heart muscle gets the blood it needs to do its job from the coronary arteries.

Without an adequate blood supply, the heart becomes starved of oxygen and the vital nutrients it needs to work properly. This can cause chest pain called angina. If blood supply to a portion of the heart muscle is cut off entirely, or if the energy demands of the heart become much greater than its blood supply, a heart attack may occur.

Faisal Bakaeen, MD, is a cardiac surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He is board-certified in surgery and cardiac and thoracic surgery. His specialty interests include coronary artery bypass surgery, valve disease and surgery, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), aortic disease, endocarditis and cardiac reoperations.

Dr. Bakaeen earned his degree in medicine and surgery with honors from the University of Cambridge School of Medicine, Cambridge, UK, and completed his postgraduate training at the University of Cambridge School of Medicine Teaching Hospitals. He served a residency in general surgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., followed by a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He completed his subspecialty training in minimally invasive cardiac surgery and complex cardiac procedures at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland. Dr. Bakaeen was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2015.

Stephen G. Ellis, MD, is a staff cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He also is Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Cardiovascular Genebank. His primary clinical interests are complex coronary interventions, novel treatments for patients who are unable to have surgery, minimally invasive treatments for patients with aortic valve disease and studies to better understand the basis and predict the occurrence of disease (genomics and proteomics). His specialty interests include Coronary artery disease, stents, stent restenosis, total coronary occlusions, angioplasty, stent-coronary, coronary artery atherectomy, coronary intervention, drug-eluting stenting, aortic valve disease, percutaneous interventions and prevention of coronary artery disease.

Dr. Ellis received his medical degree from the University of California (at Los Angeles). He completed his internship and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and fellowships at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (Cardiology) in Boston, Stanford University (Cardiology) in Stanford, CA, and Emory University (Angioplasty) in Atlanta, GA. He has done additional work in Molecular Biology at Pennsylvania State University.

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