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Coronary Artery Disease Treatment in Mobile, AL

Vascular Associates of South Alabama diagnoses and treats Coronary Artery Disease in Mobile, Alabama.

If you're suffering from coronary artery disease—or have any concerns at all about your vascular health—you can access excellent specialist care for vascular disease and circulatory health right here in Mobile County, AL.  At Vascular Associates of South Alabama, we specialize in the comprehensive care and treatment of vascular diseases, including coronary artery disease, also known as CAD.

At Vascular Associates, we offer innovative and comprehensive vascular care, with our patients' comfort and health always our highest priority.  Our state-of-the-art endovascular outpatient lab in Mobile, AL—the first of its kind in the state—is equipped with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies, and our team of highly experienced vascular specialists is committed to providing personalized, high-quality care to each of our patients.  

While most people are at least somewhat familiar with certain vascular health issues, such as stroke, fewer of our patients have heard much about coronary artery disease.  As with any health problem, understanding coronary artery disease is the first step toward effective treatment and management, and we're here to guide you every step of the way.  Keep reading to learn more about the risk factors and symptoms of coronary artery disease—or call Vascular Associates of South Alabama right away to make your appointment.  

Call 251-410-8272 today to schedule your consultation with the specialists at Vascular Associates in Mobile, Alabama.


Coronary Artery Disease Diagnostics in Mobile County, Alabama

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease, also known as coronary heart disease, is the most common type of heart disease. It occurs when the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle, become hardened and narrowed due to the buildup of plaque, which is made up of a combination of fat, cholesterol, and other substances. This condition limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart and can lead to significant health issues, including heart attack and stroke. Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial in managing CAD and preventing its most severe potential consequences.


Who is at Risk for Coronary Artery Disease?

The risk factors for developing coronary artery disease are multifaceted and include both controllable and uncontrollable elements. Understanding your personal risk factors can help in the early detection and prevention of CAD. The following characteristics may increase your risk of having coronary artery disease:

  • Age: The risk of CAD increases with age, particularly after 65.
  • Sex: Men are generally at greater risk than premenopausal women, but the risk for women increases and can surpass that of men post-menopause.
  • Family History: A family history of heart disease significantly raises the risk of CAD.
  • Smoking: Tobacco use dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and circulatory issues.
  • High Blood Pressure: Uncontrolled high blood pressure can harden and thicken arteries, narrowing the channel through which blood can flow.
  • High Cholesterol Levels: High levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase the formation of plaque and atherosclerosis.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes greatly increases the risk of heart disease.
  • Obesity: Excess body fat, particularly around the waist, can increase the chances of developing CAD.
  • Physical Inactivity: Lack of exercise is associated with coronary artery disease and other risk factors.

If you have multiple risk factors that increase your chances of developing coronary artery disease, it's especially important to monitor your heart and circulatory health—particularly if you have a family history of CAD or heart disease.  Being proactive can save your life.  


Experiencing Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease in Mobile, AL?  Call Vascular Associates!

Recognizing the symptoms of coronary artery disease can lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment. Symptoms vary, but they can include any of the following:

  • Chest pain or discomfort, often described as angina
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen, or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Palpitations

Sometimes patients exhibit no symptoms at all, which is why it's crucial to monitor your health regularly and know your risk factors—and if you are experiencing troubling symptoms, don't put off seeking professional medical advice.


Treatment Options for Coronary Artery Disease in Mobile, Alabama

At Vascular Associates, we offer the residents of Mobile, AL, a range of treatment options tailored to the individual needs of our patients. Our treatments aim to relieve symptoms, reduce the risk of complications, and improve your quality of life.

The type of treatment we recommend will of course vary from person to person, depending on the level of progression of the disease, the patient's general health, and other factors.  We'll carefully assess your condition, weight the potential benefits and risks associated with different treatment options, and make suggestions based on the best medical knowledge available today.  

For many patients, a combination of lifestyle modifications and medication may be sufficient to manage their condition.  

Lifestyle Modifications: Encouraging a heart-healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise, and smoking cessation.

Medication: Drugs can be prescribed to lower cholesterol, control blood pressure, and reduce the risk of clotting.

In cases of more advanced coronary artery disease or more severe symptoms, intervention or surgery may be indicated.  The vascular specialists at Vascular Associates of South Alabama are capable of performing minimally invasive procedures and special surgical techniques that offer hope of a happier, healthier, and longer life.  

Angioplasty and Stent Placement: A procedure to open narrowed arteries and maintain artery openness.

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG): A surgical procedure to improve blood flow to the heart.


Coronary Artery Disease Specialists in Mobile, AL

At Vascular Associates of South Alabama, our commitment is to all aspects of your vascular health. Our dedicated team of specialists employs the latest in medical technology and treatment strategies to ensure you receive the best possible care for coronary artery disease or any other vascular condition you may have, including carotid artery disease or peripheral artery disease.

If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of coronary artery disease—or if you suspect you may have issues with your arterial or circulatory health—please contact us today to learn more about how we can help you live a healthier, fuller life.  We serve not only Mobile County, AL, but also surrounding areas of the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coast.  

Call us today or contact us online.  We are happy to welcome new patients, and we accept most major medical insurance plans.

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