Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease and the number one cause of death in the United States in both men and women.
It occurs when the inner walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed due to a build up of cholesterol and other material, called plaque. This condition also is known as atherosclerosis.
As this build up increases, less blood can flow through the arteries. The heart muscle can't get the blood or oxygen it needs. This can lead to chest pain (angina) or a heart attack. Most heart attacks happen when a blood clot develops at the site of plaque in a coronary artery and suddenly cuts off most or all blood supply to that part of the heart muscle.
Over time, CAD can also weaken the heart muscle and contribute to heart failure (failure to pump enough blood to the rest of the body) and arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are changes in the normal beating rhythm of the heart.
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