Chat With a Doctor: Coronary Artery Disease

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, noon (ET)

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Do you have a question about coronary artery disease? Stephen Ellis, MD, Section Head, Invasive/Interventional Cardiology, and Stephanie Mick, MD, cardiovascular surgeon, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at noon (ET).

Chat With a Doctor: Coronary Artery Disease Live Web Chat: noon (ET) on Jan. 23, 2013


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Featured Expert
Samir Kapadia, MD

  • Director
  • Sones Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories
  • Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Featured Expert
Stephanie Mick, MD

  • Cardiovascular Surgeon
  • Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute

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About coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. CAD is the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, usually caused by atherosclerosis, the buildup of cholesterol and fatty deposits (plaque) on the inner walls of the arteries. This restricts blood flow to the heart muscle.

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Without an adequate blood supply, the heart becomes starved of oxygen and the vital nutrients it needs to work properly. Treatment for coronary artery disease involves reducing your risk factors, taking medications, possibly undergoing invasive and/or surgical procedures and seeing your doctor regularly.

Possible questions for this webchat

  • What is the most common symptom of coronary artery disease?
  • Am I able to lead a normal life even if I have CAD?
  • What preventive measures can I take to avoid this disease?
  • Can I avoid surgery if I change my lifestyle and take medications regularly?

Dr. Ellis is the Section Head of Invasive/Interventional Cardiology in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

Dr. Mick is a cardiovascular surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

This health chat will open on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.

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  • Darlene Chartrand Bean

    How long would you say a person who had a six bypass can survive? Some say 5-8 yrs, others say ten.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      The hope is that they will live until old age – I think you are asking how long does the bypass graft last. it is hoped they will last a very long time and for some patients they do. First it depends on whether the grafts were arteries or veins and the aggressiveness of the atherosclerosis; if the patient is taking the suggested medications after bypass surgery which are related to better outcomes; as well as if the patient made changes to their lifestyle and risk factors are controlled. betsyRN