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Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) refers to a buildup of plaque in the lining of the arteries of the heart. This buildup can interfere with the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle, producing chest pain. CAD can also result in sudden blockage of these arteries, causing heart attack.

CAD interventions performed at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

  • In Percutaneuous Coronary Intervention (PCI) a catheter is introduced to the blocked coronary artery and one a number of different surgical devices is used to remove plaque or open the artery.
  • In coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), a graft — usually a blood vessel harvested from the patient’s own leg — is surgically installed to bypass blocked areas in one or more coronary arteries.
  • In cases where patient health permits, physicians and surgeons at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center are leaders in performing a type of bypass known as off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting — a method in which the heart is allowed to keep beating during the surgery. It requires remarkable precision and timing, but can greatly speed recovery for patients.

After any surgical or acute treatment, our rehabilitation specialists, social workers, dieticians and others will work closely with you to educate you in the implications of treatment and assist you in making the lifestyle, dietary and other changes required for long-term health.

For more information about treatment of coronary artery disease at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, please call 713-DEBAKEY (332-2539) or complete our online contact us form.