What is Coronary Artery Disease?
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a very common heart condition in the U.S. One in seven deaths among Americans is caused by CAD.1
CAD can cause a narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries (vessels to the heart that supply the heart with blood, oxygen, and nutrients), reducing blood flow to the heart muscle. This narrowing or blockage in the coronary arteries is often referred to as CAD, and is characterized by the presence of atherosclerotic plaque.
- Mozaffarian D, Benjamin E, Go A, et al. on Behalf of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2015 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2015;131(4):e29-322.