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A heart attack is an urgent message from your heart that it’s starved for oxygen. When oxygen-rich blood to your heart is blocked by a clot, heart muscle begins to die and symptoms of a heart attack start.
Like any muscle, the heart needs oxygen-rich blood to work. Coronary artery disease keeps the heart from getting the oxygen it needs.
Risk factors make you more likely to have CAD. Learn your risk factors. To protect your health, take control of the factors you can change.
Tests help your doctor learn more about your heart, your arteries, and your overall health. Treatments may lower your risk for future problems.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease in the United States.
Medications help control CAD and heart disease. Know what medications you take and how they help you.
Recovery starts with regaining strength and health. It continues with moving back into daily life, making healthy changes along the way.
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Last updated June 06, 2017