About Coronary Artery Disease

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Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart become damaged and narrowed. This can happen when plaque--made up of substances found in your blood including fat, cholesterol, and calcium--builds up inside these arteries. When too much plaque builds up, it causes a condition called atherosclerosis, in which blood flow to the heart is reduced.

Some symptoms of CAD may include:

Risk factors of CAD

Prevention is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Eating right and exercising can help control some risk factors of CAD.


There are a number of factors that increase your risk for developing CAD: