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Coronary Artery Disease: What Are The Risk Factors And How Is This Diagnosed? - Dr. Atiemo

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Dr. Andrew Atiemo explains how you increase your risk for coronary artery disease and discusses treatment and diagnosis for this disease. Dr. Atiemo is a skilled cardiologist at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona.

Dr. Atiemo:
There are a number of very important risk factors that are known to contribute to coronary artery disease. Certain risk factors are modifiable and the key ones include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking. There are other risk factors including advanced age and a family history of coronary artery disease as well.

Patients who present with symptoms for coronary artery disease can undergo a number of tests to secure the diagnosis. Often the tests that are performed include an electrocardiogram, which records the electrical activity of the heart, an echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart, which can help to give detailed information about the structure and the function of the heart.

Patients are often also referred for various types of stress tests; perhaps the most common type of stress test is a treadmill stress test, which can also give the doctor a variety of pieces of information including prognostic information about the heart.

There are a number of very key treatments for coronary artery disease. Medical management is one of the most important treatments and what I mean by that is that patients who have coronary artery disease will need to focus on risk factor modification. That may include treatment of high blood pressure, medications to help treat the cholesterol – these are given along with other treatments such as aspirin, which acts as a mild blood thinner. It also is very important for patients to maintain a heart healthy, low-fat, low-cholesterol diet along with a program of regular exercise.

About Dr. Andrew D. Atiemo, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Dr. Atiemo is a cardiologist on staff at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, AZ. After completing his medical education at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Atiemo trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital. His passion for cardiology lead him to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where he trained in general cardiology and interventional cardiology.

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Condition: Heart Disease, VTE, Deep Venous Thromboembolism, Coronary Artery Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiovascular Disease, Pulmonary Embolism

Related Terms: Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Support, Chest Pain, Cardiac Catheterization, Stress Test, Weak Heart Muscle, Vascular Trauma, Heart Muscle Inflammation, Blood Clots, Enlarged Heart

Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Thunderbird, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Banner Thunderbird Hospital

Location: Glendale, Arizona, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Surprise, North Phoenix, 85306

Expert: Dr. Andrew Atiemo, Andrew Atiemo, M.D., Dr. Atiemo, Doctor Andrew Atiemo, Cardiologist Andrew Atiemo, M.D.

Expertise: Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Heart Catheterization, Balloon Angioplasty, Rheolytic Thrombectomy, AngioJet®, Acute Coronary Syndromes, Preventive Cardiology, Stress Cardiomyopathy

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