If you have signs of coronary artery disease, the HeartFlow® Analysis can help provide answers.
CAD develops when the coronary arteries become narrowed or blocked and cannot deliver enough oxygen-rich blood to the heart. This is usually caused by atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in the arteries that supply blood flow to the heart. Atherosclerosis can cause chest pains or other symptoms and increase the risk of heart attack.
The symptoms of CAD may vary in frequency and in how they present between individuals. Symptoms can happen separately or simultaneously and not all symptoms may be present. The following symptoms are the most common:
Chest pain or uncomfortable pressure
Angina is the medical term for pain, pressure or tightness you may feel in the middle or left side of your chest. Sometimes, it may feel like indigestion or heartburn. Symptoms typically last a few minutes and are relieved by rest or medication. It can accompany physical or emotional stress and may be an indication of CAD.
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms
In addition to chest pain or pressure, you may feel pain in your arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw. In women, pain in these areas is often short-lived and sharp.
Shortness of breath
If you experience difficulty breathing or unusual fatigue with exertion, that may also mean your heart is not receiving enough blood through the coronary arteries.