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Center for Coronary Disease Overview

Coronary artery disease is the nation’s leading killer, with an estimated 1.2 million Americans experiencing heart attacks each year. When plaque builds up in the walls of the coronary arteries, blood flow becomes obstructed, reducing the heart's supply of oxygen. When the obstruction reaches a critical point, a heart attack (also known as a myocardial infarction) occurs. A lack of oxygen causes heart muscle cells to begin dying. 

Northwestern Memorial’s Center for Coronary Disease at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute focuses on treating patients before they develop a fatal heart attack, using advanced treatment options.

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Team approach to treating coronary disease

Mark J. Ricciardi, MD,is the medical director of the Center for Coronary Disease. Dr. Ricciardi leads a team of specialists including cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses and more. Together, they treat patients who may be at risk for—or who have already had—a heart attack. We evaluate patients with chest pain, abnormal stress tests, strong family histories of coronary disease or other risk factors using the most advanced treatments.

Treatment options for coronary disease

Our goal is to provide every patient with treatment that is long-lasting, low-risk and minimally invasive. Treatment strategies include:

Coronary disease and clinical research

Patients treated at the Center for Coronary Disease also benefit from clinical research trials that are ongoing at Northwestern Memorial. The focus of our clinical research trails on the clinical application of new drugs and devices; the genetic basis of coronary disease; and the outcomes of various treatments used.

Emotional and Behavioral Health

Cardiac treatment is most successful when it focuses on the physical, emotional and behavioral health of the patient. Northwestern's Cardiac Behavioral Medicine service was created with the understanding that the mind and body (the heart, in particular) influence each other.

Gail M. Osterman, PhD, and Clinical Trials Unit of Northwestern page, send an email or call 312-926-4000.

Last UpdateJuly 3, 2013