Heart and Vascular Care
Coronary artery disease
An expert heart team by your side.
At Sharp, we're proud to be a leader in diagnosing and treating coronary artery disease, the most common cause of heart disease.
Coronary artery disease occurs when cholesterol builds up in the blood vessels, narrowing your coronary arteries and decreasing blood flow to your heart. This decrease in blood flow can cause chest pain, shortness of breath and — in serious cases — heart attacks.
Treat your condition with the latest technology.
We offer the most advanced — and least invasive — therapies and techniques to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease so that you can experience the quickest recovery possible.
Under the care of our experienced doctors, our minimally invasive treatments allow for quicker recovery times, smaller scars and reduced risk of infection.
We treat coronary artery disease with the following methods:
- Angioplasty and stent placement
Angioplasty and stents both help open clogged heart arteries. During an angioplasty, a tiny, temporary balloon is inflated inside a blocked artery. A stent is a tiny wire mesh tube that is permanently placed in the heart to keep the artery open.
- Bioresorbable stents
A bioresorbable stent is inserted in the vessel to open narrowed arteries during the critical healing period — and gradually reabsorbs into the body within months, leaving no permanent implant.
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
Through this surgery, a surgeon creates a new pathway for blood around a blocked artery in your heart.
Several medications are effective at treating coronary artery disease, including cholesterol-modifying medications, aspirin and beta blockers.
- Off-pump bypass surgery
In this procedure, our surgeons perform the traditional bypass surgery without the use of a heart-lung machine, or without having to stop your heart. This method can greatly reduce the risk of stroke and other complications.
To learn more about our services or to find a cardiovascular disease specialist, interventional cardiologist or cardiovascular surgeon who is right for you, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm.
We'll help find the doctor who's right for you.
View doctors specializing in heart care in San Diego.
Dr. Peter Hoagland
"I care for the complexities of the heart with compassion, understanding and the trained hands of experience."
Dr. Mary Bechis
"I believe that exceptional patient care stems from mutual trust and open communication."
Dr. Nassir Azimi
"The Sharp Experience is the human touch - the ability to connect with another human being."
Dr. Alan Bier
"I am honored to serve as President of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group where my colleagues and I strive to provide excellent care and always put the patient first."
Dr. Jose Ramiro Lopez
"I am dedicated to providing complete, high quality and personalized medical care for my patients."
Dr. Mihir Barvalia
"The Sharp Experience means being able to collaborate with other specialists, nursing, and hospital staff to enhance the overall experience during their hospital stay by providing the highest care of the highest quality."
Dr. Robert Gillespie
"Building trust is the key to helping a patient make the correct informed decision."
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