In coronary artery disease, the coronary arteries narrow from plaque, a substance made up of fatty deposit, building up on the coronary artery walls. Narrowing of the coronary arteries may cause the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the left arm or neck
  • Plaque can also rupture, causing a complete blockage of the artery and a heart attack.


  • Medical, including a daily drug regimen
  • Percutaneous intervention, including the placement of stents to open any blockages
  • Surgical, including bypass surgery
  • Lifestyle modification, including a healthy diet, exercise and quitting smoking

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a national leader in treating patients using the off-pump approach— heart surgeries done on beating hearts, as opposed to surgery while on cardiac bypass—and approximately half of coronary artery disease patients are operate d on this way. By using this technique, we may reduce potential adverse effects of cardio-pulmonary bypass.

Our cardiologists also use the latest technological advances in stents and catheter-based devices to treat coronary artery and valvular heart disease. Our advanced imaging techniques allow us to diagnose and treat a wide range of vascular and structural heart issues.

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877-74-HEART (43278)