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Coronary artery disease

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We're committed to helping you prevent coronary artery disease

If you have recently been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, also known as coronary heart disease, immediate action is needed to help reduce your chance of a heart attack. As the most common type of heart disease and a leading cause of heart attack, coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Coronary artery disease occurs when the coronary arteries become narrowed or blocked as a result of cholesterol and fat buildup, also known as atherosclerosis. This blockage can lead to a heart attack, a life threatening emergency.

Risk factors

Risk factors for developing coronary artery disease include being overweight, smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes. There are also risk factors that cannot be changed such as family history, age and gender (men have a higher risk than women).


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention. Symptoms of this disease can include chest pain, or angina, heart attack and shortness of breath.

Our team of heart and vascular specialists can help you fight this disease so you can live a long and healthy life. Lifestyle changes and medications are the most effective ways to treat this disease in the beginning, but if your disease progresses, surgery might be your best option. Find a Novant Health cardiovascular expert near you for more information on your treatment options.