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Dedicated Care For Coronary Artery Disease

Be encouraged. Highly skilled specialists are here to help prevent, treat, and even reverse symptoms of coronary artery disease. With relentless research, innovative technology, and whole-person care, we’re dedicated to keeping your arteries clear and your spirits high.

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                        Your Elite Team Of Experts

Your Elite Team Of Experts

Highly skilled physicians trained in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis) work together to provide you top-notch, whole-person care.

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We’re leading the way in cardiovascular research with more than 30 clinical trials conducted simultaneously each year, all to provide you with the best care to live your best life.

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Quality Care Just a Heartbeat Away

You’ll never be too far from top-notch care with an attentive team and advanced cardiac clinics located throughout Central Florida.

Dialing In On Coronary Artery Disease

Risk Factors

Make a change and take charge. We’ll help you spot the risk factors associated with coronary artery disease and make a plan to reduce stress in your life.

Common risk factors for coronary heart disease (atherosclerosis):

  • Alcohol - Limit your alcohol consumption
  • Cholesterol - High LDL or low HDL
  • Diabetes - Increases the risk even when glucose levels are under control
  • Diet and nutrition - A healthy diet is key to fighting cardiovascular disease
  • Ethnicity - African, Asian, Mexican, and/or Native American
  • Excess body weight - Excess body fat leads to a higher chance of heart disease
  • Gender - Men have a greater risk of heart attack than women do
  • High blood pressure - 140/90 Hg or higher
  • Increasing age - Risk for both men and women increases significantly after 65
  • Physical inactivity - Exercise is central to a healthier heart
  • Stress - Take steps to reduce or manage stress
  • Tobacco use - Smoking severely damages your heart and lungs

By recognizing the risk factors that you can change, you can take control and break lifelong habits. With the help of your care team, you’ll be able to take steps toward a healthier heart and healthier you.

Diagnosis & Testing

Once your doctor learns your symptoms, knows your risk factors, and has reviewed your medical history, you and your team of specialists will decide what’s next based on a plan that’s right for you. There are diagnostic tests and exams to help pinpoint your diagnosis.

Coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis) tests include:

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Electron beam (ultrafast) CT scans
  • Exercise stress tests
  • Physical exam
Prevention & Treatment

Prevention is in your hands. By knowing what the risk factors are, you have the power to make lifestyle changes that can significantly affect your heart health. Reducing your alcohol consumption and limiting caffeine in your diet as well as being more physically active are a few effective ways to prevent coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis).

But sometimes, it takes more than lifestyle changes to keep your coronary artery disease symptoms under control. Your treatment options may include a minimally invasive approach that safely reduces calcified plaque on the vessel walls, reducing your risks of artery disease and giving you a better quality of life. Whether it’s medication or coronary artery bypass surgery, your team will help you find the right treatment for you.

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Rehab & Well-Being: How To Stay Strong

No matter where you are on your treatment journey, lifestyle changes like eating well, exercising, and minimizing stress are always important ways to slow or even reverse the progression of coronary artery disease. Know that your team is by your side to keep you informed of best care practices, provide you with lifestyle tips, and enroll in our wellness program. We’re here for you the whole way.

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A strong community encourages a strong heart. From connecting you with others through our cardiac support groups to helping you navigate our financial assistance tools, we’re here to give you the guidance you need to feel whole.

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Stop Wondering. Start Preventing.

Nearly 17 million patients are affected by coronary artery disease annually, according to the American Heart Association. But knowledge is power. Learn the signs, symptoms, and preventive tips to take charge of your heart health.

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