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Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates

Coronary Artery Disease

Figure A shows a normal artery; Figure B shows an artery with plaque buildupFigure A shows a normal artery; Figure B shows an artery with plaque buildup.
(Source: National Institutes of Health)

Coronary artery disease (CAD), also called coronary heart disease, occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply blood to the heart). Plaque is made up of fat, calcium, cholesterol and other substances found in the blood, and when it accumulates in the arteries, it can harden the vessel and limit the blood flow—a condition called atherosclerosis. If the blood flow to the heart becomes blocked, a heart attack can result.

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