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Coronary Artery Disease

When the arteries in your heart become blocked, the condition is called coronary artery disease. It can be a serious condition if not treated. Coronary artery disease puts you at risk for a heart attack. Be sure you pay attention to your symptoms and manage your heart health risks.

How Do Arteries Get Blocked?

Plaque (fatty deposit) builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the heart.
This is a condition called atherosclerosis (clogged arteries).
Plaque can narrow the artery or block it completely.

When there is not enough blood flowing to the heart, the heart tissue
doesn't get the oxygen it needs. This can lead to a heart attack.

How Do Arteries Get Blocked?

Plaque (fatty deposit) builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the heart. This is a condition called atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). Plaque can narrow the artery or block it completely.

When there is not enough blood flowing to the heart, the heart tissue doesn't get the oxygen it needs. This can lead to a heart attack.

Symptoms at a Glance

Symptoms of coronary artery disease or a heart attack may include:

PAIN

Chest pain

Pain in your jaw, back,
or down your arms

A burning feeling
in your chest


TROUBLE BREATHING

Shortness of breath

A heavy feeling in your chest


FEELING SICK

Flu-like symptoms
and nausea (feeling sick
to your stomach)

Vomiting (throwing up)

Breaking out in a cold sweat

Know the Risks

There are two risk factors you cannot control: age and a family history of coronary artery disease. But there are several risk factors you can control:

CHOLESTEROL

High levels of cholesterol
(a waxy substance in your blood)
can cause plaque to form, which
narrows and can block your arteries.

WEIGHT

Being overweight can raise your
blood pressure and cholesterol.

SMOKING

Smoking can cause plaque to build
up in your arteries. It also increases
your risk of developing blood clots,
which can lead to a heart attack.

BLOOD PRESSURE

High blood pressure strains the
heart, damages blood vessels, and
can cause plaque to form.

ACTIVITY

Not being active may contribute
to coronary artery disease.


DIABETES

Diabetes, which causes high levels of
blood sugar, is linked to obesity, high
cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

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