Coronary artery disease (also called CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. The coronary arteries wrap around the heart and supply it with blood and oxygen. Coronary artery disease occurs when fatty deposits called plaque build up inside the coronary arteries. When plaque builds up, it narrows the arteries and reduces the amount of blood that gets to your heart. This can lead to serious problems, including heart attack.
Typical symptoms include:
- Chest pain or discomfort, called angina.
- Shortness of breath.
- Heart attack. Too often, a heart attack is the first symptom of coronary artery disease.
Less common symptoms include a fast heartbeat, feeling sick to your stomach, and increased sweating. Some people don’t
have any symptoms. See your doctor for regular follow-up appointments.