Coronary artery disease (CAD)
Coronary artery disease (CAD) starts with a buildup of fatty deposits in the
lining of the arteries supplying blood to the heart. Due to this process --
called atherosclerosis -- the narrowed arteries can't keep up a healthy flow of
blood to the heart. As CAD worsens, heart function is increasingly affected. CAD
is sometimes called "hardening of the arteries."
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