Why is so much attention focused on coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery is the most common cardiac disease entity in the United States and is the single most common cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States surpassing cancer of all causes. 
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Coronary artery disease, or CAD, prevents the heart muscle from getting the oxygen and fuel it needs. It is the most common cause of death in the United States. And there is a lot that can be done to prevent and treat it. Watch this animation for more information about this important health problem.

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Heart and Circulatory System

Heart and Circulatory System

Your circulatory system is made up of your heart and three main types of blood vessels -- arteries, veins and capillaries. Your heart is at the center of the system, acting as a pump to distribute nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood t...

hrough your body; it then takes away carbon dioxide and other waste your body doesn't need. Signs of poor circulation include cold hands and feet, numbness, dizziness, migraines, varicose veins and pain in your feet or legs. Untreated, poor circulation can lead to stroke, high blood pressure, kidney damage and other diseases. Learn more about your heart and circulatory system with expert advice from Sharecare.

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