A healthy heart has no problem pumping blood through your arteries to supply your organs with nutrient-rich blood. If you have coronary artery disease, your heart must work extra hard to pump blood through constricted arteries. Annette Osher, MD, specializes in diagnosing and treating coronary artery disease at her practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. To learn more about the condition and its treatment, call her New York City office or book an appointment online today.
Coronary artery disease is a form of heart disease that originates inside your arteries, the blood vessels that deliver oxygenated blood from your heart to the rest of your body for nourishment. It begins when the walls of your arteries become narrow or blocked with cholesterol and fat buildup.
As your arteries become narrower, your heart must work harder to pump blood through them. The narrower arteries resist steady blood flow, putting strain on your heart muscles. Soon, the condition compromises your heart’s blood supply and it can no longer get the nutrients it needs to function properly. If your heart doesn’t have enough nourishment for the strength it needs to pump blood through your arteries, it can lead to a heart attack.
Dr. Osher provides cardiac evaluations to test you for coronary artery disease and a number of other heart diseases. If she finds that you have coronary artery disease, she plans your treatment and helps you make the changes you need for better functioning.
Coronary artery disease develops after the walls of your coronary arteries are damaged and accumulate buildup from one or more different factors. The following habits and conditions can cause this damage:
Dr. Osher can help you explore the lifestyle factors that put you at risk for coronary artery disease. Your risk increases as you age, and she might recommend getting regular cardiac evaluations to check in on your heart health and functioning.
In many cases, you can improve the health of your arteries with lifestyle adjustments alone. Dr. Osher helps you form a treatment plan, which may include stopping smoking, losing weight, and getting regular exercise.
In some cases, you may need to take medications to treat coronary artery disease. Dr. Osher might prescribe a daily aspirin, cholesterol-modifying medications, beta-blockers, and other pharmaceutical treatments. These medications work best when paired with healthy lifestyle changes.
Serious cases of coronary artery disease may require surgical intervention. If noninvasive treatments don’t improve your condition, Dr. Osher might refer you for stent surgery or a coronary artery bypass surgery.
For more information about coronary artery disease and available treatments for it, book your appointment by phone or online with Annette Osher, MD, today.