Coronary artery disease, or CAD, is the prelude to a heart attack. This occurs when a sticky plaque builds inside the coronary arteries, causing it to become smaller and restricting blood flow.
Angina or recurring chest pains are early signs of CAD. But sometimes the outward symptoms are too subtle to be detected or to raise the necessary concern that would compel a patient to consult a physician.
“Unfortunately, many people don’t know they have CAD until they experience a heart attack,” says Kinston Cardiology’s Dr. Stephanie Martin.