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Coronary arteriosclerosis

Synonym(s)

  • arteriosclerotic coronary artery disease
  • ASHD
  • atherosclerotic heart disease
  • CAD
  • coronary artery atherosclerosis
  • coronary artery disease
  • coronary atherosclerosis
  • coronary disease
  • coronary heart disease

Definition(s)

Thickening and loss of elasticity of the coronary arteries, leading to progressive insufficiency of the arteries (coronary disease).

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

A condition and especially one caused by atherosclerosis that reduces the blood flow through the coronary arteries to the heart muscle and typically results in chest pain or heart damage -- called also coronary disease, coronary heart disease.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

A disease in which there is a narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries (blood vessels that carry blood and oxygen to the heart). Coronary heart disease is usually caused by atherosclerosis (a build up of fatty material and plaque inside the coronary arteries). The disease may cause chest pain, shortness of breath during exercise, and heart attacks. The risk of coronary heart disease is increased by having a family history of coronary heart disease before age 50, older age, smoking tobacco, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, lack of exercise, and obesity. Also called coronary artery disease and CAD.

Definition from:  National Cancer Institute dictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference.

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: September 15, 2014