Cardiology - Tilley Drive
62 Tilley Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403-4407
It is important that we have an accurate diagnosis before we start treatment for ischemic heart disease. Our cardiologists work carefully to obtain a precise diagnosis, so we can tailor your treatment plan effectively. We will discuss all of your treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have.
Ischemic Heart Disease Treatment in Burlington, VT
The goal of treatment for ischemic heart disease is to prevent myocardial infarction (heart attack), reduce symptoms and improve overall quality of life. Our cardiologists are involved in refining current heart disease therapy and pioneering new treatment options, including
- New therapy options such as drug-eluting stents
- Defining the mechanisms responsible for a heart attack and finding more effective ways to prevent attacks
- Improving recovery after cardiac events
Treatment options include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Cardiac devices
Lifestyle Changes for Ischemic Heart Disease
The University of Vermont Medical Center physicians will work with you to make important changes in your lifestyle. These changes include:
- Following a diet low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Quitting smoking
- Exercising regularly
Our physicians will also teach you how to recognize the symptoms of heart failure so you can manage your condition and seek immediate help if necessary.
Medication for Ischemic Heart Disease
We may prescribe a medication regimen for you to follow to reduce your symptoms and help prevent future attacks. Medications include:
- Organic nitrates, to relax muscles
- Beta blockers, to reduce the amount of work your heart needs to do
- Statins, to reduce cholesterol levels
- Aspiring, to reduce the risk of heart attack
Cardiac Devices for Ischemic Heart Disease
We may recommend a small surgical procedure to implant cardiac devices. Devices include:
- Pacemaker, to help your heart beat in a more normal way
- Defibrillator, which stops abnormal heart rhythms
Surgery for Ischemic Heart Disease
If your symptoms are severe or not responding to treatment, our doctors may recommend a cardiac catheterization procedure. During a cardiac catheterization, we can determine the extent of the disease. We may then decide to do a procedure that will open up blocked arteries:
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
In severe cases, we may recommend a heart transplant.
Find a doctor or specialist at The UVM Medical Center or call us at 802-847-4600.