Coronary Artery Disease

Overview

As a person ages, fatty deposits and scar tissue form plaque that clings to the inside of the arteries. This makes them narrower and lets less blood flow through. Without enough oxygen, the heart muscle becomes strained. This is especially so when a person is emotionally stressed or involved in physical activity.

In addition, blood clots sometimes form. They can become attached to the plaque deposits. This blocks the arteries bringing oxygen to the heart even more.

PREVENTION

Eating healthy, exercising, keeping your weight down, controlling your blood pressure and quitting smoking are all essential to preventing this condition that causes narrowing of the arteries and increases the risk of heart attack.

Prevention of coronary artery disease involves modifying atherosclerosis risk factors:

Symptoms

In its early stages, coronary artery disease may have little to no symptoms, though some people experience fatigue, chest pain or shortness of breath. The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is angina (also called angina pectoris). Angina is often referred to as chest pain. It is also described as chest discomfort, heaviness, tightness, pressure, aching, burning, numbness, fullness, or squeezing. It can be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn. Angina is usually felt in the chest, but may also be felt in the left shoulder, arms, neck, back or jaw.

High Risk

Treatment

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