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Conditions and Diseases


Coronary Artery Disease

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Other Names: CAD, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), Heart Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease
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Coronary artery disease is a type of atherosclerosis in which plaque builds up inside the arteries that carry blood to the heart. As the artery walls thicken, the passageway for blood narrows. Sometimes platelets gather at the narrowing, forming a clot that decreases or prevents blood flow to the region of the heart supplied by the artery.

Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States each year.

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Updated August 30, 2004

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