Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is caused by a build up of fat, also called plaque, in the heartís arteries. When this plaque builds up, the arteries narrow and harden. Over time, this prevents the heart from receiving enough blood. Blood is needed to carry the oxygen to the heart, muscles and cells. The lack of oxygen results in chest pain, shortness of breath or other symptoms. A total blockage may cause a heart attack.
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