Artery disease is a condition where fatty deposits (plaque) build up along the innermost layer of the coronary arteries or the peripheral arteries that carry blood to the head, organs, and limbs. Over time, this buildup leads to thickening (called atherosclerosis) that narrows the arteries, decreasing the flow of blood through the artery. Severe artery blockages can lead to cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure, or tissue death (gangrene) in the legs.
There are a number of approaches to artery disease treatment. Depending on the age, health and medical history of the patient as well as the type and extent of the disease, physicians may recommend:
For state-of-the-art artery disease treatment including coronary artery disease treatment in the Boston area, patients can turn to the Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital is equipped with the latest technology and staffed by a team of physicians and caregivers who are among the country's best providers of cardiovascular treatment and care. Combining innovative and compassionate care with leading-edge research into new artery disease treatment and other therapies for cardiovascular conditions, the Center has helped Brigham and Women's Hospital earn a reputation as one of the top cardiovascular centers in the country.
Artery disease treatment, including vascular surgery, is carefully coordinated among the cardiologists, surgeons and other specialists who may be needed to help treat the disease. By delivering a full range of cardiovascular services in a single building, the Cardiovascular Center facilitates better communication between each member of the treatment team.
Brigham and Women's Hospital is renowned for its cardiovascular research. This research has resulted in many advances in cardiovascular care and cardiac surgery, including:
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