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Progressive build-up of plaque in coronary artery

Progressive build-up of plaque in coronary artery

Overview

Plaque may build-up in a coronary artery at the site of a tear in the lining of the vessel.

Update Date 4/20/2015

Updated by: Michael A. Chen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.