Coronary artery disease, or CAD, refers to build up of a fatty material called plaque, which can slow, or block the flow of blood in the coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply blood containing oxygen and nutrients to the heart). Learn more about coronary artery disease by watching this animation.
Galen Centeno, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursPlainfield Health Center
Plainfield, NJ 07063
- Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center
What is coronary artery disease (CAD)?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Why would I need to see a medical specialist?
You should see a specialist when your primary care physician recommends it. Most health issues can be initially managed by primary care physicians. When it gets more serious or complicated, diabetes, ulcers or colitis, etc., a referral to a specialist could be appropriate.
What determines how severe my heart disease is?
SecondsCount.org answeredHeart disease severity refers to how many of your heart arteries have blockages and how blocked those arteries are. Your doctor may tell you how blocked the artery is using a percentage, such as, "This artery is 80% blocked.” Or your doctor may describe your condition in terms of how much of your heart muscle is supplied by the blocked artery, whether the branches of the artery are involved in the blockage and whether the blockages are long or short. All of this information is unique to your situation, which is why your doctor is the best person to recommend a treatment option for you. Together, you can decide which treatment option to pursue.
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