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Coronary disease
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MeSH D003327

Coronary disease (or coronary heart disease) refers to the failure of coronary circulation to supply adequate circulation to cardiac muscle and surrounding tissue. It is already the most common form of disease affecting the heart and an important cause of premature death in Europe, the Baltic states, Russia, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. It has been predicted that all regions of the world will be affected by 2020.[1]

It is most commonly equated with atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, but coronary disease can be due to other causes, such as coronary vasospasm.[2] It is possible for the stenosis to be caused by the spasm.[3]

References

  1. ^ Boon NA, Colledge NR, Walker BR and Hunter JAA (2006). Davidson's Principles & Practice of Medicine, 20th Edition. Churchill Livingstone
  2. ^ Williams MJ, Restieaux NJ, Low CJ (February 1998). "Myocardial infarction in young people with normal coronary arteries". Heart 79 (2): 191–4. PMID 9538315. http://heart.bmj.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=9538315.  
  3. ^ Rezkalla SH, Kloner RA (October 2007). "Cocaine-induced acute myocardial infarction". Clin Med Res 5 (3): 172–6. doi:10.3121/cmr.2007.759. PMID 18056026. http://www.clinmedres.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=18056026.  

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