What causes coronary artery disease?
What are the symptoms?
What are the risk factors?
If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?
Who provides the medical care?
1. What causes coronary artery disease?
Coronary artery disease is the result of fat and other substances building up within the walls of your blood vessels, combining to form a material called plaque. This build up of plaque causes the artery to narrow, sometimes forming clots that prevent blood flow altogether.
2. What are the symptoms?
The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is chest pain, often described as chest discomfort, heaviness, tightness, pressure, aching, burning, numbness, fullness, or squeezing. Other symptoms include:
- Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body including the arms, left shoulder, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Sweating or "cold sweat"
- Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like "heartburn")
- Nausea or vomiting
- Light-headedness, dizziness, extreme weakness or anxiety
- Rapid or irregular heart beats
3. What are the risk factors?
Aside from factors that cannot be changed, such as age, gender and heredity, major risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
- Obesity and overweight
4. If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?
Depending on the type of coverage, most commercial insurance carriers will pay the major share of the cost. You should always consult your insurance company to determine proper coverage.
5. Who provides the medical care?
The team at Advocate Christ Medical Center is staffed by specialized cardiologists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, psychologists, and nutritionists who are dedicated to caring for patients with coronary artery disease. You will remain under the care of your primary care physician and cardiologist while you are treated by the specialists at Christ Medical Center. To ensure that your physician is kept up-to-date, our team will provide ongoing reports on the progress you have made.
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