Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
WHAT IS CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE (CAD)?
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.
Shortness of Breath
WHY DO I GET SHORT-WINDED WHEN I WALK?
Shortness of breath, also known as dyspnea can be caused by several things. It is imperative to see a physician when you are having this symptom. Common causes of shortness of breath include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, myocardial ischemia (heart blockage), myocardial infarction (heart damage), anemia, and deconditioning.
WHAT IS A D.O.?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. They focus on a holistic approach to patient care. They combine their knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, they offer patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.
Osteopathic physicians focus on prevention, and tuning into how a patient’s lifestyle and environment can impact their well being. They strive to help you be truly healthy in mind, body and spirit — not just free of symptoms.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CARDIOLOGIST AND AN INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGIST?
An interventional cardiologist performs interventions or procedures using catheters which include placing a balloon or stent to help open or widen a narrowed artery or valve. Interventional cardiologists are not the same as cardiac surgeons, whom provide bypass surgeries to reroute and blocked vessel in the heart.
A cardiologist is specialty in which a physician is an expert in disorders of the cardiovascular system. They diagnose and treat various conditions associated with the heart and vessels that travel to and away from the heart. Some conditions that cardiologist treat include high blood pressure, chest pain, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE VEIN DISEASE?
Many patients with vein disease experience cramping, aching, burning, itching, soreness, or “tired” or “restless” legs, especially in the calf muscles. If you experience these symptoms, Dr. Thomas can quickly and easily perform a test to determine if you have vein disease.
What foods should I eat?
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
FIBER-RICH WHOLE GRAINS
FISH AND POULTRY
FAT-FREE, LOW-FAT DAIRY
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.