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Coronary Disease Specialist

Ormond Internal Medicine

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and coronary artery disease is the most common of all heart diseases. It affects 18.2 million adults, and one-fifth of all deaths occur in people under 65 years old. Internal medicine physician Gail van Diepen, DO, and her team at Ormond Internal Medicine in Ormond Beach, Florida, take an integrative approach to treating and managing coronary artery disease, combining conventional medicine with healthy lifestyle changes. If you’re concerned about your heart health, schedule a consultation today over the phone or by using the online booking tool.

Coronary Disease Q & A

What is coronary disease?

Coronary disease, also known as coronary heart disease (CHD), occurs when inflammation or plaque deposits block arteries, the major blood vessels supplying your heart with oxygen, nutrients, and blood. Blockages prevent blood flow to the heart and cause shortness of breath and chest pain. A heart attack happens when arteries are blocked completely. 

Coronary disease can take decades to develop. Often, someone only realizes they have it when they have an attack of some sort, which is why physicians recommend having annual health checks to monitor heart disease indicators, such as cholesterol and blood pressure levels. 

Are you worried about coronary heart disease? Dr. van Diepen can assess your health and risk of CHD, and discuss appropriate lifestyle changes you can make. 

What factors put you at risk of coronary disease?

Some people are more at risk of developing coronary disease than others. These are some of the factors contributing to heart disease:

High cholesterol

High cholesterol increases the risk of plaque forming in arteries.

High blood pressure

Hypertension damages the arteries and forces the heart to work harder.

Sex

Men are more likely to have CHD; however, the risk for women increases after menopause.

Age

As people age, their arteries narrow and are more easily damaged.

Family history

Heart disease can run in families, and people are most at risk if a close relative developed heart disease at or before age 55.

If you’re worried about your health status, make an appointment at Ormond Internal Medicine to discuss your concerns.

How do you treat coronary disease?

Many physicians combine conventional medicine with lifestyle changes when treating coronary disease. Lifestyle changes include:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Reducing stress
  • Eating healthily
  • Quitting smoking
  • Cutting back on alcohol
  • Losing excess weight

Medication for coronary disease includes:

  • Cholesterol-modifying medications to reduce cholesterol
  • Aspirin to prevent blood clots
  • Beta-blockers to lower blood pressure
  • Calcium channel blockers to help with chest pain
  • Ranolazine to help with chest pain
  • Nitroglycerin to control chest pain

Coronary disease is life-threatening if not caught early enough and adequately managed. The team at Ormond Internal Medicine has training in spotting the first signs of heart disease, and works closely with their patients to create effective treatment plans. Call the practice today to book an appointment or use the online scheduling tool.