Coronary Artery Disease Treatment
If you have coronary artery disease, you have many options for treating this common condition. Our team has decades of experience diagnosing and treating even the most complex cases. You receive the compassionate, expert care you deserve.
BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. People from all over the Midwest come to us because we can treat even the most complex coronary artery disease (CAD) cases. Our cardiologists, heart surgeons and other heart specialists work together to ensure you receive seamless, coordinated care, with a personalized approach.
When you choose our care team you’ll find:
- Treatment for complex conditions: We’re qualified to treat CAD even when it’s complicated by age, obesity, heart failure or other conditions. We also can treat challenging forms of CAD, such as coronary artery chronic total occlusion. So if you’ve been told you’re out of treatment options, we can help.
- Focus on heart disease prevention: We put a strong emphasis on preventive cardiology to reduce your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Our experts provide guidance, screenings and the attentive care you need for better heart health.
- Convenient, accessible care: With cardiologists throughout the region, it’s easy to find heart care close to home.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) develops when the heart arteries can no longer deliver enough oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle. It’s the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the U.S.
Your heart pumps blood to provide your body with oxygen and other nutrients. The heart also needs blood and oxygen, supplied through coronary (heart) arteries, to keep your heart muscle working properly.
When cholesterol and other fatty substances build up inside coronary arteries, your arteries become narrow and stiff. The buildup (plaque) can happen in any artery, and the condition is called atherosclerosis. CAD is atherosclerosis in one or more coronary arteries.
CAD can lead to other heart conditions, including heart failure, arrhythmia and heart attack.