Conditions InDepth: Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
- High blood pressure —causes turbulent blood flow that can injure the walls of blood vessels
- High cholesterol —"bad" cholesterol can stick to and irritate the walls of the blood vessels
- Diabetes —excess glucose in the blood can contribute to plaque build up in blood vessels
- Smoking —chemicals from cigarette smoke can irritate blood vessel walls and make deposits in the walls of blood vessels
- Radiation therapy
|Blocked Coronary Artery|
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2015 -
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