An in-depth report on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD).
Angina; Atherosclerosis; Heart disease
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD), also called heart disease, is a condition in which fatty plaque deposits build up in the heartâ ' s arteries. These plaque deposits cause arteries to become narrow and blocked, which restricts blood and oxygen flow to the heart muscle. CAD is the leading cause of death, for both men and women, in the United States.
Some of the main risk factors that increase the risk for CAD are:
Angina is the primary symptom of coronary artery disease. Angina feels like gripping pain or pressure in the chest area.
Some patients with CAD have few or no symptoms. Sometimes a heart attack may be the first sign that a person has CAD.
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