Coronary artery disease, or CAD, is the result of plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. It causes symptoms like chest pain, and can lead to life-threatening blood clot–related events like a heart attack or stroke. Treatments for coronary artery disease include procedures like coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) or stent implantation. But your doctor may also prescribe blood thinners to help reduce your risk for blood clots that can cut off blood and oxygen to your heart, causing a heart attack, or to your brain, causing a stroke.
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