Coronary Artery Disease

An illustration of a heart procedure.Coronary artery disease (CAD), a narrowing of one or more arteries that supply blood to the heart, is a leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Patients with CAD may experience symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath when the demand for blood to the heart is more than the heart’s ability to supply blood due to blockages in the vessels that supply blood to the heart. These blockages are caused by the buildup of fat and cholesterol inside the vessel.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also referred to as angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure used to open blocked or narrowed arteries in the heart and restore blood flow to the heart muscle. A PCI procedure is designed to open blocked vessels using a small flexible tube called a catheter.  With the catheter, an interventional cardiologist typically uses a balloon or intracoronary stent to open up the blocked vessel.  Many of our BayCare Hospitals perform PCI procedures:

  • Mease Countryside Hospital
  • Morton Plant Hospital
  • Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
  • South Florida Baptist Hospital
  • St. Anthony’s Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital-North
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital-South
  • Winter Haven Hospital

When blockage by plaque occurs in arteries for an extended period of time (90 days or more), it may be considered chronic coronary total occlusion (CTO). Though treatment for this condition was historically limited, BayCare can now treat it using minimally invasive PCI. BayCare’s three cardiovascular flagship facilities have experts trained in treating CTO:

  • Morton Plant Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital 
  • Winter Haven Hospital

Determine Your Risk for Heart Disease Today

A primary care physician or cardiologist can help determine your risk for coronary artery disease or CTO. To request a physician referral to a primary care physician or heart specialist, please call (855) 233-0888 or complete a physician referral form.

BayCare often offers a wide selection of educational classes and events in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Lutz, Riverview, Winter Haven, New Port Richey, Plant City and Dunedin to help you learn more about coronary artery disease and other heart diseases.

Request a referral to a heart specialist.