Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Patient Stories

Real people. Real stories.

What is CAD?

If you’ve been diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), you’re not alone. About 16.5 million Americans suffer from CAD, making it the most common form of heart disease.43

When you have CAD, plaque builds up in the vessels of your heart, narrowing the openings and reducing the amount of blood that can flow to your heart. Over time, this plaque can become severely calcified—or hardened—and the resulting loss of blood flow may cause chest pain, shortness of breath or, if it is left untreated, even heart attack.40 This hardened calcified plaque can make it difficult for doctors to successfully complete a balloon angioplasty or stent procedure.

We are collaborating with leading experts to innovate and lead the way in treating severely calcified coronary arteries.

This year, about 695,000 Americans will have a heart attack or other coronary event and CAD is the cause of more than half of those events for people younger than 75.43

Take charge

By discussing your symptoms, reviewing your medical history and asking the right questions, with your physician, you are taking charge of your health and helping yourself to get back to what matters.