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The coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle to provide oxygen for respiration., These arteries can become blocked by a build-up of fatty plaques containing cholesterol, resulting in coronary heart disease., If a coronary artery is blocked, the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is cut off. That part of the heart cannot continue to contract, causing a heart attack., Possible causes of CHD include stress and smoking, which increases your blood pressure., Poor diets high in cholesterol and a lack of exercise can also lead to a build up of plaque in arteries., Cholesterol is a type of lipid (fatty substance) that can contribute to CHD., Plaques are fatty patches that form inside arteries restricting blood flow and causing high blood pressure..
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