Coronary Artery Disease Vs Heart Disease
Coronary artery disease is a subset of heart disease. Heart disease encompasses all issues that affect the heart, explains Dr. Marcus St. John, Cardiovascular Specialist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
Coronary artery disease causes the most morbidity, illness and death. It refers specifically to disease in the blood vessels that bring blood to the heart, which is a muscle, according to him.
Atherosclerosis is the build-up of plaque in the heart arteries. The doctor explains how it is caused by bad cholesterol, which can increase due to high blood pressure, smoking and genetic predisposition.