Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart become damaged and narrowed. This can happen when plaque–made up of substances found in your blood including fat, cholesterol, and calcium–builds up inside these arteries. When too much plaque builds up, it causes a condition called atherosclerosis, in which blood flow to the heart is reduced.
Some symptoms of CAD may include:
- Angina or chest pain
- Steady pain in shoulders, arm, neck, jaw or back
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
Contact Dr. Thomas if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
We have been providing cardiology services in the Lafayette area since 2001.
Our physician, Dr. Corwin A. Thomas, DO, FACC is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology and Nuclear Medicine.
Risk factors of CAD
There are a number of factors that increase your risk for developing CAD:
- Unhealthy cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
Prevention is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Eating right and exercising can help control some risk factors of CAD.