Coronary Artery Disease Specialist

Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists

Cardiovascular Specialists & Interventional Cardiologists located in Downriver Area, Southgate, MI

Coronary artery disease is a serious cardiovascular condition that affects blood flow to your heart. It usually develops over decades, and a heart attack may be your first symptom. At Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists in Southgate, Michigan, the team can diagnose and treat coronary artery disease. They take a patient-centered approach to care and offer medical and surgical treatments. Call the Downriver area office or book an appointment online today.

Coronary Artery Disease Q & A

What is coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease is a narrowing or blockage in your coronary arteries, which are the blood vessels that carry blood to your heart.

A build-up of plaque (cholesterol, minerals, and other substances) along the wall of the blood vessels causes the narrowing. This condition is called atherosclerosis.

Over time, the narrowing in the blood vessels limits the supply of blood to your heart and may cause chest pain and shortness of breath. If some of the plaque breaks free, a blood clot may form and block the blood vessel, leading to a heart attack. 

What are the risk factors for coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease develops over many years, and you may not have any symptoms until there is a severe blockage or you have a heart attack. You may be at risk of developing coronary artery disease if:

  • It runs in your family
  • You’re a smoker
  • You have diabetes, high cholesterol, or hypertension
  • You live a sedentary lifestyle


If you have risk factors for coronary artery disease but no symptoms, you may benefit from an evaluation at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists. 

The team can look at your coronary arteries and develop a plan to improve blood vessel health and prevent health complications. 

How is coronary artery disease diagnosed?

Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists is a full-service cardiovascular practice and offers many in-house diagnostic tests to diagnose coronary artery disease. Testing may include:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Stress testing
  • Echocardiogram
  • Carotid Doppler ultrasound test
  • Nuclear stress test
  • Angiogram

They also review your personal medical and family history and ask about lifestyle factors that may increase your risk of coronary artery disease.

How is coronary artery disease treated?

The team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists creates personalized treatment plans for coronary artery disease. They recommend less invasive treatments first, which includes lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, healthy diet, and exercise program.

If lifestyle changes fail to improve your cardiovascular problem, they may prescribe medication to manage your high cholesterol or hypertension, as well as aspirin to prevent the formation of blood clots.

Then, the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists may perform surgery to identify blockages, which may involve catheters or angioplasty. For severe cases, the team performs coronary artery bypass surgery.

For comprehensive care from a team that puts your needs first, call Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, or book an appointment online today.