Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease in the United States. For some people, the first sign of CAD is a heart attack. You and your health care team may be able to help you ...1

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Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

Over time, this buildup causes the arteries to narrow and harden, a process called atherosclerosis (ath-UH-roh-skluh-ROH-sis). Atherosclerosis prevents the heart from getting all the blood and oxygen it needs. This can lead to angina (an ...2

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Complications of Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease can lead to heart attack, heart failure, or an irregular heartbeat, also called an arrhythmia (pronounced uh-RITH-mee-uh).6 ...Source: NICHD (NIH)3 ...

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Causes of Coronary Artery Disease

Causes of CAD: CAD is caused by plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart (called coronary arteries) and other parts of the body. Plaque is made up of deposits of cholesterol and other ...4

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Causes List for Coronary Artery Disease

Some possible causes of Coronary Artery Disease or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Coronary Artery Disease

Some of the types of this condition may include:6 Types of Coronary artery disease:

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Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease

Diagnosing CAD: To find out your risk for CAD, your health care team may measure your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels. Being overweight, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, and smoking tobacco are risk factors for CAD. A family history of ...7

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Treatments: Coronary Artery Disease

Ask Your Health Professional

  • Is my cholesterol level currently under control?
  • How often should I have my cholesterol checked?
  • What type of exercises would you recommend that I do to safely help lower my bad cholesterol and raise my good ...
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Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease

Reducing Your Risk for CAD: If you have CAD, your health care team may suggest the following steps to help lower your risk for heart attack or worsening heart disease:

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Research for Coronary Artery Disease

Latest NIH Research: Recent gene-mapping research has found the largest set of genes yet discovered underlying high cholesterol and high triglycerides—the major risk factors for coronary heart disease. The new findings point to specific genetic signposts that help ...8

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  1. Source: CDC: heartdisease/ coronary_ad.htm
  2. Source: OWH (DHHS): heart-disease-and-stroke/ heart-disease/ heart-disease-and-women
  3. Source: NICHD (NIH): health/ topics/ PCOS/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ conditions-associated.aspx
  4. Source: CDC: heartdisease/ coronary_ad.htm
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  7. Source: CDC: heartdisease/ coronary_ad.htm
  8. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): magazine/ issues/ fall10/ articles/ fall10pg26-27.html

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