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Coronary artery and cardiology specialist
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If you are experiencing symptoms of coronary artery disease, it may be time to find a trusted coronary artery specialist at our cardiology center in Jacksonville to help you on your journey toward a healthy life with no pain and discomfort.

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What are Coronary Artery Disease symptoms?

Coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as coronary heart disease (CHD) or ischemic heart disease, is a common type of cardiovascular disease that occurs when the coronary arteries become narrowed or blocked, leading to reduced blood flow to the heart muscle. The coronary arteries are responsible for supplying oxygen-rich blood to the heart, allowing it to function properly. CAD typically develops over time due to the buildup of plaque, a combination of cholesterol, fat, calcium, and other substances, on the inner walls of the coronary arteries. This process, known as atherosclerosis, can gradually narrow the arteries, restricting blood flow to the heart. Our trained coronary artery disease specialists at our heart center in Jacksonville can check your symptoms, make diagnoses, and treat your condition.

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue, particularly during activities that require physical exertion.
  • Angina discomfort
  • Heart attack or myocardial infarction.

Causes of Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease typically develops over time due to genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors. It starts when fats, cholesterols, and other substances collect on the inner walls of the heart arteries. This condition is called atherosclerosis or plaque buildup. The plaque causes the arteries to narrow and block blood flow. If the plaque bursts, that leads to a blood clot. Besides high cholesterol, damage to the coronary arteries may be caused by:

  • Diabetes or insulin resistance
  • High blood pressure
  • Not getting enough exercise (sedentary lifestyle)
  • Smoking or tobacco use

Treatments for Coronary Artery Disease

There are meaningful and impactful ways to treat coronary artery disease:

Lifestyle changes, like a healthier diet, more exercise, weight loss, and smoking cessation, are the first line of treatment for coronary artery disease.

Medications that lower cholesterol and blood pressure are also prescribed to manage coronary artery disease and its risk factors

Coronary artery stenting is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat coronary artery disease. During coronary artery stenting, a small, mesh-like metal tube called a stent is inserted into a narrowed or blocked coronary artery to help restore blood flow to the heart muscle. Overall, coronary artery stenting is an important treatment option for individuals with coronary artery disease, particularly those experiencing symptoms or those at high risk of complications.

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Meet the Jacksonville Heart Disease Specialist
Dr. Ragu Murthy
  • Coronary artery disease and blood clot expert
  • Diplomat in Vein Lymphatic Medicine
  • Cardiology Board Certified
  • Trained at the University of Florida
  • Over 15 years experience

What Happy Patients Are Saying.

Awesome place. Not just the people and Doctor Murthy. Doctor cares very much for his patients and you will be well taken care of. He has not only discovered issues with my veins and working on fixing the flow from my legs to my heart but also keeping me informed on each step. Previous vascular doctor I had just diagnosed me and sent me in my way. So if you are looking for results this is the place to go. Love everyone there.
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The staff is extremely polite and professional. They seem to truly care about you as a patient. Highly recommend as they are very knowledgeable!
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