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What are the symptoms of coronary artery disease?

The symptoms of CAD will depend on the severity of the disease, but often include chest pain called angina. Watch the video above to learn how signs and symptoms of heart disease differ for men and women. 

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How is coronary artery disease treated?

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is a leading healthcare provider for patients with coronary artery disease, providing an array of treatments depending on the progression of the disease.

Specific treatment will be determined by your physician based on:

  • Your age, overall health and medical history
  • Extent of the disease
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the disease
  • Your opinion or preference

Lifestyle modification and medication can be helpful in the early stages of the disease. Other treatments include:

  • Diamondback 360® coronary orbital atherectomy system (OAS)
  • Percutanious coronary intervention, also known as balloon angioplasty, is a common, very successful treatment to open blocked arteries. During the procedure, a catheter with an inflatable balloon at the tip is threaded into a blocked heart artery. The balloon inflates, compresses the blockage and opens the narrowed section of the artery to improve blood flow.
  • Coronary stent implants are widely used to hold open previously blocked arteries
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) may be necessary for advanced cases of coronary artery disease

Our Team

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is recognized nationally for its leadership in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease from its beginning to most advanced stages.

Our physicians treat many patients with coronary artery disease. Each year nearly 2,500 percutaneous coronary interventions were performed to open blocked coronary arteries and restore blood flow to the heart tissue without open heart surgery. Because a large number of these procedures were performed with minimally invasive technology, requiring only small incisions, many patients did not require a hospital stay.

In fact, about 54 percent of the percutaneous coronary interventions used an outpatient setting as compared to a nationwide average of 23 percent.

Most often, coronary artery disease is initially diagnosed and managed by a cardiologist. Depending on the course of treatment, other specialists who may be involved in a patient's care could include interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and vascular surgeons.