Coronary Artery Disease


MSH: Pathological processes of CORONARY ARTERIES that may derive from a congenital abnormality, atherosclerotic, or non-atherosclerotic cause.,MEDLINEPLUS: <p>Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women.</p><p>CAD happens when the arteries that supply blood to heart muscle become hardened and narrowed. This is due to the buildup of <a href=''>cholesterol</a> and other material, called plaque, on their inner walls. This buildup is called <a href=''>atherosclerosis</a>. As it grows, less blood can flow through the arteries. As a result, the heart muscle can't get the blood or oxygen it needs. This can lead to chest pain (<a href=''>angina</a>) or a <a href=''>heart attack</a>. Most heart attacks happen when a

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