Coronary heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the nation. That calls for fighting it together. We hope you'll pick Spectrum Health to be on your team. Our heart and vascular specialists are among the best. From preventive care all the way to heart transplant, we've got your back—and your heart. 

Heart disease, also known as, coronary artery disease, occurs when fatty deposits accumulate on the inside walls of coronary arteries. This leads to narrowing of the arteries and can decrease, or even block, blood flow to the heart, which results in a heart attack. About 15 million U.S. adults have heart disease. High cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure all increase the risk of developing heart disease.

Treatment options

If you have discovered that you have heart disease, you want the reassurance that you're getting the best care possible. Our state-of-the-art diagnostics, the proven experience of our doctors and specialists and advanced treatments all come together to ensure you're in good hands. 

Get started today with building a healthy heart by meeting with our cardiologists to get the right diagnosis so you can move on to the right lifestyle changes and treatments for you and your heart.

Bypass surgery
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This surgery creates a bypass graft using a healthy blood vessel from another part of the body or a synthetic tube to reroute blood flow.

Chronic total occlusion (CTO) program
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The Spectrum Health CTO clinic utilizes the latest diagnostic techniques in the care of patients and families with Chronic Total Occlusion.

Medication management
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Along with very important lifestyle changes, there are a variety of medicines used to help treat heart conditions. Medicines for heart disease are used to ease discomfort or lessen symptoms, but some can also be essential in preventing life-threatening episodes. It is important to take your medicines exactly as prescribed, and work with your doctor on both lifestyle and medicine changes.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty / stent placement)
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An angioplasty is a less invasive procedure that opens a clogged artery with a small balloon. This can be done through the wrist (radial) or the groin (femoral) artery. Typically this procedure includes the placement of stents.