What Can Be Done to Treat Blocked Arteries?

6-22-2015 9-47-50 AM

Blocked arteries are the primary characteristic of coronary artery disease, which is the most common type of heart disease and the leading killer of men and women in the United States. Without the right cardiovascular care, a partial blockage in an artery may eventually block blood flow completely, resulting in a heart attack. Even before a more serious cardiac event occurs, limited blood flow in clogged arteries may cause symptoms such as chest pain, fatigue, and weakness. There are a few treatment modalities that can restore blood flow and improve heart health, and these are briefly explained in this video by MountainView Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Michael Wood . Below, you will find more details on these procedures to determine which is right for your needs.

Medical Therapy

Medical therapy will include a non-invasive care plan to treat conditions that can cause CAD to develop. This type of therapy is most appropriate for minor blockages related to high cholesterol, diabetes, or other medical conditions. Your doctor will work closely with you to determine the right diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes to promote better heart health.

Stent Placement

A stent is a device that reinforces the artery wall to achieve better blood flow to the heart. It is placed during cardiac catheterization in which a balloon-tipped catheter will be guided through an artery in the arm or groin to the site of a blockage. The balloon is inflated to push plaque against the artery walls, and a stent is placed to allow the artery to remain open.

Cardiac Surgery

In the most severe cases, your cardiothoracic surgeon may recommend cardiac surgery, which uses veins and arteries from other parts of the body to create a new pathway for blood flow to your heart. This will be the most invasive approach for care, but it can also offer the most improvement for patients who have multiple blockages or extensively damaged arteries.

With the Heart & Vascular Care available at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, you can plan for many years of good heart health under the care of a diverse, highly specialized team of physicians, nurses, and hospital staff. To explore more details of our cardiothoracic surgery services, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.

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