Coronary Artery Disease Specialist

Heart Rhythm Associates, LLC

Van H. De Bruyn, MD, FACC, FHRS

General Cardiology & Cardiac Electrophysiology located in Little Rock, AR

Ignoring the signs of coronary artery disease can lead to serious health complications, including heart attack. Van H. De Bruyn, MD, founded Heart Rhythm Associates LLC in Central Arkansas to offer the most advanced cardiac care and treatment services available to Little Rock and the surrounding communities. To reduce your risk of heart issues like coronary artery disease, call Heart Rhythm Associates or schedule an appointment online today.

Coronary Artery Disease Q & A

What is coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease happens when the major blood vessels supplying your heart with nutrients, oxygen, and blood grow diseased or damaged. The most common cause of this condition is inflammation and plaque deposits in the arteries from cholesterol.

Plaque buildup typically develops over time and causes your coronary arteries to narrow, which reduces blood flow to your heart. When this occurs, you can experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Chest pain, tightness, or pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme fatigue during physical exertion
  • Arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms

If your arteries become significantly or completely blocked, you can have a heart attack.

What causes coronary artery disease?

You can develop coronary artery disease for a variety of reasons, including:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes or blood-sugar disorders
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking

Certain factors can also increase your risk of coronary artery disease, like aging, having a family history of the disorder, consuming an unhealthy diet, and living a high-stress lifestyle.

How is coronary artery disease diagnosed?

To diagnose coronary artery disease, Dr. De Bruyn performs a full physical exam, discusses your medical history, reviews your symptoms, and runs routine blood tests. He can recommend additional screenings that include:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) to check the electrical signals in your heart
  • Echocardiogram to identify physical changes in your heart and its function
  • Stress tests to evaluate your heart during activity
  • Heart monitoring to look for irregular heartbeats

Based on your test results, Dr. De Bruyn develops a personalized approach to help manage your condition.

How is coronary artery disease treated?

Coronary artery disease often responds positively to healthy lifestyle changes like regular exercise, following a healthy diet, losing excess weight, and reducing stress.

In addition to lifestyle changes, Dr. De Bruyn might also suggest a variety of medications to treat your condition. These can include drugs that thin your blood or decrease the cholesterol in your system.

For advanced coronary artery disease management, Dr. De Bruyn might recommend surgical procedures like coronary artery bypass or angioplasty and stent placement. These procedures work to increase blood flow to your heart by reopening or bypassing narrowed or blocked arteries.

For more information on coronary artery disease, call Heart Rhythm Associates or schedule an appointment online today.