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glossary:coronary_artery_disease [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +Coronary artery disease: A major cause of illness and death, coronary artery disease (CAD) begins when hard [[cholesterol]] substances (plaques) are deposited within a coronary artery. ​
 +(The coronary arteries arise from the [[aorta]] adjacent to the [[heart]] and supply the heart muscle with blood that is rich in oxygen. They are called the coronary [[arteries]] because they encircle the heart in the manner of a crown.) ​
 +The plaques in the coronary arteries can cause a tiny clot to form which can obstruct the flow of [[blood]] to the heart muscle producing symptoms and signs of CAD that may include: ​
 +Chest pain (angina pectoris) from inadequate [[blood flow]] to the heart; ​
 +[[Heart attack]] (acute myocardial infarction),​ from the sudden total blockage of a coronary artery; or 
 +Sudden death, due to a fatal disturbance of the heart rhythm.
 +Common Misspellings:​ coronary artery diease, coronary artery desease ​
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