Symptoms of coronary artery disease

Symptoms of CAD include:

  • Chest pains or pressure, called angina, which can spread to the arms or jaw
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

People may feel symptoms during stress, physical activity or even at rest. But people usually have symptoms while walking, going up stairs or moving around. Women often do not exhibit the same symptoms as men when having a heart attack. Find out how to recognize the signs of a heart attack.

If the flow of blood in a heart artery is blocked, you could have a heart attack. CAD often develops over years, so you may not know you have a problem until you have major blockage and have symptoms.

Learn more about coronary artery disease (CAD) treatment choices

Learn about treatment choices for CAD

See which treatment may be right for you.

What causes coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Coronary artery disease occurs when cholesterol-containing deposits (plaque) builds up in the coronary arteries, decreasing blood flow to your heart. It can also be caused by things that cannot be avoided, like menopause, aging or having a family with a history of heart disease.

There are things you can do to reduce your risk of having a heart attack, like quitting smoking, taking steps to lower cholesterol, exercising regularly, keeping diabetes and high blood pressure under control and seeing your doctor regularly.

What is complex coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Learn about the different types of complex CAD so you can talk to your doctor about getting the right treatment.

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How is coronary artery disease (CAD) diagnosed?

There are many kinds of tests that a doctor can use to tell if you have CAD or complex CAD. Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment journey, and the doctors that will help you along the way.



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