Angina & Coronary Artery Disease
Atherosclerosis causes angina and
carotid artery disease, but you may not feel symptoms at first. At the Wake
Forest Heart & Vascular Center, we can help reduce your risk of heart
attack or stroke with our comprehensive treatments for artery disease.
What are Angina and Carotid Artery Disease?
Both angina and carotid artery
disease occur when plaque (a fatty substance) builds up in your arteries.
Plaque buildup (atherosclerosis)
causes your arteries to narrow, reducing blood flow.
- Angina means
you have atherosclerosis in your coronary (heart) arteries.
artery disease affects the arteries in your neck.
is a type of chest pain or discomfort caused by poor blood flow to your heart.
Its most common cause is coronary heart disease (CHD), which can increase your
risk of future:
Carotid artery disease happens when plaque builds up in your neck
(carotid) arteries. Atherosclerosis in the carotid artery can:
- Reduce blood
flow to your brain
your risk of blood clots, which can cause stroke
Symptoms of Angina and Carotid Artery Disease
a symptom of underlying heart disease, primarily causes chest pain and
particularly behind the breastbone
You may feel no symptoms of carotid artery disease until you have a
stroke or transient ischemic attack
(TIA), a key warning sign of a future stroke. A TIA has the same symptoms as a stroke
but is temporary.
Diagnosing Angina and Carotid Artery Disease
At Wake Forest Baptist, we use
several tools to diagnose angina and carotid artery disease. Your physician may
recommend any of the following for angina:
Our tests for carotid artery disease include:
Learn more about our specialized
heart and vascular diagnosis
techniques at Wake Forest Baptist.
Treating Angina and Carotid Artery Disease at Wake Forest
We believe it's just as important
to manage your disease as it is to treat it. For some patients, medical
management may even be an effective alternative to surgery.
If you have mild or moderate
blockage, or if you have already undergone surgery, we may prescribe one or
more of the following:
change, such as quitting smoking or losing weight
follow-up care to monitor your condition
Surgical options include:
Only you and your doctor can decide which treatment
is right for you. All of our patients receive pre-operative counseling to help
them understand the risks and benefits of both procedures.
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