Early Detection of Coronary Artery Disease

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Coronary artery disease occurs when the arteries supplying oxygen-rich blood to your heart gradually harden and narrow due to cholesterol (plaque) buildup. This process is called atherosclerosis.


Given that coronary artery disease is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and, if left untreated, can lead to heart attack, early detection of both atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease are critical to managing your heart health.

How We’re Detecting Coronary Artery Disease Early

Houston Methodist’s cardiology experts combine 30 years of excellence in both heart imaging and treatment and can help assess the condition of your arteries. Our commitment to preventing heart disease means detecting coronary artery disease at its earliest stages and designing a personalized plan to help you manage your heart health.


Cardiology experts in our Cardiovascular Prevention & Wellness Program can help assess your risk of coronary artery disease and, if necessary, manage your risk through lifestyle changes and medications.


Learn more about our Cardiovascular Prevention & Wellness Program >

Screening for Coronary Artery Disease

To help assess the condition of your arteries and determine your risk of developing coronary artery disease, your doctor may use one of the following imaging tests:

  • Cardiac CT – visualizes the status of your arteries
  • Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT) – a type of vascular ultrasound used for risk assessment and to check blockages
  • Heart scan and vascular screening – uses CT and ultrasound to assess plaque buildup in you arteries as well as the thickness of your arteries

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