Coronary artery disease is the name of the condition that occurs when fatty deposits known plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the heart, the coronary arteries. As a result the arteries become narrower and blood flow to the heart is restricted. In this way coronary artery disease can lead to death, making it a big concern for heart doctors in Long Island.
Coronary artery disease is most commonly associated with a gripping pain in the chest known as angina. Angina is characterized by pressure or tightness in the chest and is normally triggered by physical or emotional stress. Other symptoms of coronary artery include shortness of breath that arises when your body cannot pump enough oxygen around the body. Patients with shortness of breath usually experience extreme fatigue upon exertion. Individuals with completely blocked coronary arteries may experience a heart attack, characterized by a crushing pressure in the chest and pain that spreads to the shoulder and left arm.