Coronary artery disease

An overview of Providence Health Care’s services and resources for adults living with coronary artery disease.


Coronary artery disease (CAD) starts when fats, cholesterols and other substances collect on the inner walls of the heart arteries. The build-up is often called plaque. Plaque can cause the arteries to narrow, blocking blood flow to the heart. This condition is called atherosclerosis. It's also sometimes described as a "hardening of the arteries." CAD is the most common type of heart disease.

Some things make it more likely for you to get coronary artery disease:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy weight
  • Strong family history of heart disease

Coronary artery disease can lead to:


Diagnosis & testing

Your team of health care professionals will ask you to undergo a series of tests. Each person is different, so diagnostics can vary but may include the following:

Treatment & management

If someone has referred you to us for a heart issue, there are many ways we can help. The entire cardiac team wants to help you and your loved ones manage your disease and prevent or slow its progression.

Clinics that treat coronary artery disease

Providence Health Care operates two clinics at St. Paul's Hospital. They treat people with symptoms of coronary artery disease.

Related surgeries & procedures

Support services

Providence Health Care offers a variety of services to support those we care for. The following services may be of use or benefit to you and your families.

Support for Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Wellness Liaison Team is here to support your health journey. Team members offer cultural support and healthcare advocacy. Learn more below or call them at 604-682-2344 ext.62937 or email

  • Indigenous wellness services

    The Indigenous Wellness Team at Providence is available to support Indigenous patients and their families. We are here to coordinate culturally safe wellness supports and services.

Clinical trials & research

Advances in treatments for heart disease are all thanks to medical research. While participating in research is a decision you should make in consultation with your care team, there is much activity in this field. Please ask us about our research programs if you’re interested.

By taking part in research, you can help us all learn more about advancing health outcomes and find better ways to help people like you live and thrive. Even if you don't benefit directly, your participation can help care for future patients.

For more information about heart-related research at Providence Health Care, ask your care team or visit Providence Research.

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