Coronary Artery Disease Directory
When arteries become filled with plaque and the arteries narrow, atherosclerosis occurs. When atherosclerosis happens in the coronary arteries, it is called coronary artery disease. When this happens, the heart cannot get enough oxygen to function properly. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how coronary artery disease is caused, what its symptoms are, how to treat it, and much more.
Heart Disease and Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Coronary artery bypass surgery: What is it and how do you prepare for it?
A Look at Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease affects millions of Americans. What is it? How do you get it? How do you treat it?
Temporal Artery Biopsy-Topic Overview
If you have symptoms of giant cell arteritis (GCA) and your doctor believes you may have it,he or she may order a temporal artery biopsy to make sure. Giant cell arteritis can occur at various points along an artery. To test for giant cell arteritis,your doctor may have a surgeon take a sample of a blood vessel on your temple and test it for inflammation. If a temporal artery biopsy shows no ...
Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase I: In the Hospital-Topic Overview
Cardiac rehabilitation phase I starts while you are in the hospital and emphasizes exercise and education. The parts of phase I include: A customized exercise program,based on your medical history,clinical condition,and symptoms. Discharge instructions about recovery activities. Education on lifestyle changes and how to lower your risk of future heart problems. Ways to help your body ...
6 Heart Health Myths and Facts: Is Your Heart in Danger?
Are younger women in danger of heart disease? Would you know if you had a heart attack? WebMD lists out 6 dangerous myths we believe about heart disease.
Medical Cost of Heart Disease
Heart disease doesn't just affect your health. It can wipe out your family's finances and limit your ability to work. A rundown of the medical costs of heart disease, and advice about how to protect yourself.
Your Arterial Lifeline
Heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. But diseases caused by atherosclerosis also lead to chronic pain, kidney failure, blindness, and even impotence.
How Much Do You Know About Atherosclerosis?
Take WebMD's five-minute quiz to see just how much you understand about atherosclerosis and heart disease.
Slideshows & Images
The heart and the coronary arteries
Coronary arteries are blood vessels that provide oxygen - rich blood and other nutrients to the heart muscle. The coronary arteries attach to and wrap around the heart's surface. The left coronary artery branches off into smaller arteries. The most prominent ones are the: Left anterior descending artery, which supplies blood to the front of the heart. Left circumflex artery, which encircles the ..
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one type of heart disease that occurs when the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle (coronary arteries) are narrowed or blocked. This narrowing or blockage is most often caused by the buildup of fat (cholesterol) and calcium inside the walls of the arteries leading to the heart. This process is called atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. ..
Doppler Ultrasound of an Artery
Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.Figure 1 shows an ultrasound of blood flowing through a normal artery. Figure 2 shows an artery narrowed by the buildup of calcium and fat (cholesterol) in the inner lining of the artery, called plaque, which leads to "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis). ...
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Heart Disease
A visual overview of heart disease, including symptoms to watch for, diagnostic tests, treatments, and prevention strategies.