- Advanced Treatments for the Nation’s Leading Cause of Death
Loyola Medicine's Cardiology and Heart Surgery program provides clinically integrated care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease.
Coronary Artery Disease
Nationally Recognized Medical Center for the Treatment of 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 in both men and women. Coronary artery disease occurs when the arteries that supply blood to your heart muscle become hardened and narrowed, and can lead to shortness of breath, severe chest pain, heart attack and stroke.
Hardened, blocked arteries are most often caused by the buildup of cholesterol and plaque on the inner walls. This buildup, commonly called atherosclerosis, causes poor blood flow through the heart to other parts of the body and results in a weak heart and other heart problems.
Loyola Medicine’s multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists are experts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. We work with you to reduce heart disease risk and develop a heart treatment plan that is right for you.
Why Choose Loyola for Coronary Artery Disease Treatment?
Loyola’s cardiology and heart surgery program received the American College of Cardiology’s Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014. Loyola is one of only 256 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes Loyola’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients—and signifies that Loyola has reached an aggressively high standard in treating these patients under the guidelines and recommendations of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. To receive the Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Loyola consistently followed the guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures.
In addition, for patients who arrive at our emergency department with a blocked coronary artery, Loyola achieves a door-to-balloon time of 90 minutes for 100% of patients and 60 minutes for 89% of patients. A quick door-to-balloon time is critical to the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease. This means that every patient needing PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) due to a blocked artery receives this treatment within 90 minutes of entering the hospital.
Loyola is also part of the ACTION Registry®, a quality improvement program that focuses specifically on the treatment of patients with STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction), the deadliest form of heart attack with substantial risk of death and disability. Through participation in this program, Loyola is continually applying the most advanced care for patients with STEMI.
How is Coronary Artery Disease Diagnosed?
As a leading academic medical center, doctors at Loyola have access to the latest technology, clinical trials and state-of-the-art facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. Our multidisciplinary team works together to ensure all aspects of your specific case have been considered, utilizing superior imaging and diagnostic practices that may include:
- Cardiac catheterization
- Cardiac CT (computed tomography)
- Cardiac MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
- Cardiac stress test
- Carotid ultrasound
- Catheter-based testing, including angiogram, fractional flow reserve, optical coherence tomography, intravascular ultrasound
- Comprehensive hemodynamic evaluation
- Nuclear stress test
- Transesophageal echocardiogram
Superior diagnostic tests, combined with your medical and family history, risk factors and a physical exam enable our team to make a definitive diagnosis of coronary artery disease.
How is Coronary Artery Disease Treated?
There are many different treatment options for coronary artery disease, and your team at Loyola is committed to developing a plan that is right for you. Depending on the severity of disease, your treatment options may include lifestyle changes, medicines and medical procedures. You may be required to implement several different treatment options that may include: