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Coronary Artery Disease 

 

As we age, fatty deposits called plaque build up inside artery walls. Eventually, an artery can become so narrowed with plaque that the body cannot get enough of oxygen-rich blood it needs.

  • Plaque build-up in the arteries that feed the heart is called coronary artery disease. It can cause angina and heart attack.
  • If the arteries near the brain are affected, plaque build-up can cause a stroke (brain attack).
  • Plaque build-up in the legs causes poor circulation (peripheral arterial disease). This can cause pain, especially when walking.

Causes of coronary artery disease:

  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High-fat diet
  • Diabetes
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress

Not all people who have artery disease have discomfort or pain. Some people experience fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, cold sweats or a feeling of heaviness in their arms.

Contact a Banner Heart Treatment Center if you think you are experiencing symptoms of coroary artery disease.



For More Information 

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