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Coronary artery disease (CAD), also called coronary heart disease, or simply, heart disease, is the No. 1 killer in America, affecting more than 13 million Americans.
Coronary artery disease is atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries, which may produce blockages in the blood vessels which nourish the heart muscle itself. Atherosclerosis is a condition in which fatty material collects along the walls of arteries. This fatty material thickens, hardens (forms calcium deposits), and may block the arteries to different organs in the body, including the heart, brain, kidneys, male sexual organs or legs.
When atherosclerosis blocks the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart, it is called coronary artery disease (CAD). As the coronary arteries narrow, blood flow to the heart can slow down or stop. This can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, heart attack, and other symptoms, usually when the person is active. The most common symptom of Coronary Artery Disease is angina. Angina is chest pain that occurs when the heart does not get enough oxygen-rich blood.
A risk factor for heart disease is something that increases your chance of getting it. You cannot change some risk factors for heart disease, but others you can change.
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