What Is It?
Coronary artery disease is the term commonly used to describe
the buildup of fatty deposits and fibrous tissue (plaques) inside
the arteries that supply blood to the heart (the coronary
arteries). This buildup is called atherosclerosis. Coronary
atherosclerosis eventually can cause the coronary arteries to
become significantly narrower. This decreases the blood supply to
parts of the heart muscle and triggers a type of chest pain called
angina. Atherosclerosis also can cause a blood...