(HealthDay News) -- Coronary artery disease occurs when plaque builds up in the vessels and restricts blood flow to the heart.
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The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says common risk factors for CAD include:
- Having high blood pressure, high LDL, or "bad," cholesterol or low HDL or "good," cholesterol.
- Being a smoker, overweight or obese.
- Having insulin resistance or being diabetic.
- Having metabolic syndrome.
- Getting insufficient exercise.
- Eating an unhealthy diet that's high in saturated fat, sodium or sugar.
- Being older.
- Having a family history of heart disease.
-- Diana Kohnle
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