WHAT IS CAD? AND WHY DOES CALCIUM MATTER?

 

If you’ve been diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), you’re not alone. More than 16 million Americans suffer from CAD, making it the most common form of heart disease.1

When you have CAD, plaque builds up in the vessels of your heart, narrowing the opening and reducing the amount of blood that can flow to your heart. Over time, this plaque can become severely calcified—or hardened—and the resulting loss of blood flow may cause chest pain, shortness of breath or, if it is left untreated, even heart attack.2 This hardened calcified plaque may make it difficult for doctors to successfully complete a balloon angioplasty or stent procedure.

 

1. Roger VL, Go AS, Lloyd-Jones DM, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2012 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2012;125(1):e2-e220.
2. Warning Signs of a Heart Attack; American Heart Association; http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofa%20HeartAttack/Warning-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_002039_Article.jsp; Last reviewed 10/20/2012.