Atherosclerosis Can Cause Coronary Artery Disease


Coronary artery disease, also known as heart disease, is the most common cause of death in men and women in the United States. Coronary artery disease is caused by a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries that supply the heart with blood. Heart disease is a result of atherosclerosis, a process that can occur anywhere in the body. In atherosclerosis, cholesterol and other substances (including calcium and white blood cells) infiltrate the artery walls, causing inflammation and the formation of plaques, which narrow arteries. This can cause blood pressure to rise, as well as a type of chest pain known as . Coronary artery disease can eventually lead to a heart attack.

The following information on coronary artery disease is from our Health A-Z Library.

Last Updated: January 30, 2009

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