Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease doesn’t always exhibit noticeable signs or symptoms and is discovered only when your primary-care practitioner hears a heart murmur and investigates the need for further diagnosis. The Cardiac Specialists at American Hospital Dubai (AHD) provide early diagnosis and adequate treatment for effective management of CAD and can help restore your heart health.

Coronary arteries develop a network of blood vessels on the surface of the heart and are responsible for supplying oxygen to it. When blood vessels constrict by the accumulation of cholesterol and fatty deposits, the supply of oxygen and the flow of blood to the heart is restricted and decreased. This insufficient nourishment to the heart leads to heart attack and can cause other life-threatening health conditions too.

CAD often goes unnoticed for not presenting any symptoms until it reaches a dangerous level. However, individuals leading a healthy lifestyle and getting regular check-ups have reduced risks of developing CAD.

Risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease:

There are several factors believed to be contributing to create plaques in the arteries and cause CAD. Some of these factors can easily be controlled or avoided by taking the necessary steps and adjustments. These include having:

  • A family history of CHD
  • High blood pressure, or hypertension
  • High levels of low-density lipoprotein
  • Low levels of high-density lipoprotein, or atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes, obesity, high-stress levels, and insufficient physical activity
  • Both active and passive smoking
  • High levels of the amino acid homocysteine
  • High levels of fibrinogen

CAD is more likely to hit men over 45 years of age and women after menopause. Also studies are being conducted to establish a possible association of CAD with sleep apnea, high triglycerides, homocysteine, and high sensitivity C-reactive protein.

Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease:

You may experience the following symptoms when there’s a significant plaque accumulation in the arteries:

  • Chest pain or pain in the shoulder or arm with or without any stress-inducing activity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Heart attack
  • Pain in the neck or jaw

Seek immediate medical assistance when you experience any of the cardinal Coronary Artery Disease Signs or refer people complaining of the symptoms to the hospital for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. 

Diagnosis for Coronary Artery Disease:

The diagnosis for CAD requires meticulous investigation about your family and medical history in conjunction with a physical exam and one or more of the following tests: ECD or EKG (electrocardiogram), Echocardiogram, Exercise stress test, Chest X-ray, and/or Cardiac catheterization. These tests help diagnose the presence and severity of coronary artery disease, evaluate heart muscle function, and determine the right treatment plan for effective control over symptoms and restoration of heart health.

Coronary Artery Disease Treatment at American Hospital Dubai:

The treatment for CAD depends upon various factors, including diagnosis, the severity of the condition, age factor, and other health issues. Mild cases of CAD can be treated by angioplasty and stenting, severe artery blockages may require cardiac surgery, whereas other types of coronary artery disease can be managed with medications prescribed for thinning of blood, reducing plaque, and treating inflammation. In cases when the heart is heavily damaged, the treatment is a cardiac catheterization or open-heart surgery to open the blockage, and/or heart transplant.

Book an Appointment:

We are proud to host a team of highly experienced and trained heart and vascular doctors, interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, and staff who are dedicated to offer advanced diagnostic testing and deliver a preeminent treatment program through innovative techniques, leading-edge technology, and exceptional care experience to ensure that your heart is in the right place and in the right condition.

Whether you would like to learn if Coronary Artery Disease may affect you or have a query regarding Coronary Artery Disease Treatment in Dubai, please schedule a consultation with the specialists at American Hospital Dubai using our secure online form and catch CAD before it gets worse.

American Hospital Panel of Doctors

Firas Raouf Alani

Consultant - Chief of Heart & Vascular Center

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