Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease occurs when arteries in the heart are blocked by plaque – a sticky, yellow substance made of fatty substances like cholesterol, calcium and waste products from cells. Plaque builds up in the arteries, narrows and clogs the arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle.

Sometimes plaque in an artery can rupture, causing a blood clot to form on the surface of the plaque. If the clot becomes large enough, it can mostly or completely block blood flow through a coronary and lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Coronary Artery Disease Services + Programs

The Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital is British Columbia’s most comprehensive referral centre for patients with heart disease, providing leading programs in cardiac diagnostics, coronary intervention, heart surgery and electrophysiology.

The Healthy Heart Program at St. Paul’s Hospital is an innovative wellness program for people at risk for heart attack and stroke.

The Happy Hearts Program created by the UBC VGH Centre for Cardiovascular Health, the Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital, and the Vancouver Park Board offers group exercise classes, the support of a multidisciplinary health care team, and education seminars for those at risk for heart disease and want to prevent cardiac conditions.

The Leslie Diamond Women’s Heart Health Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital offers services tailored to lifestyle management to women who have had a previous cardiac event or who are at high risk of having one.

Coronary Artery Disease Resources + Organizations