What is coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease typically occurs as a result of plaque buildup in your arteries. Plaque develops when excess cholesterol and other substances in your blood get deposited in the walls of your blood vessels. As the plaque grows, it can cause arteries supplying the heart with blood to narrow, limiting blood flow. This can lead to chest pain, a heart attack, or sudden cardiac arrest. Accurately diagnosing coronary artery disease is the first step in treatment to save lives. Our mission at Ultromics is to help clinicians better diagnose this disease by leveraging the power of AI.

>17 million

global deaths
per year from

​Americans per year die of CAD1

#1 cause of death

for men and women worldwide1


Chest pain

of breath



High blood

High cholesterol



Treatment and prevention

There are various treatments for CAD, such as a change in your lifestyle, medications, angioplasty (a procedure to unblock a blood vessel), and surgery

Prevention tips:

  • Stop smoking
  • Manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes
  • Reduce stress
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Eat less high-fat, high-salt food
  • Be more active
  • Keep your weight at a healthy level

What is an echo?

Echo is short for echocardiography. Echocardiography helps your doctor see how well your heart and blood vessels are working

During a stress echocardiography procedure, ultrasound images of your heart are acquired at rest, and then you’ll exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike while your doctor monitors your blood pressure and heart rhythm. Sometimes a drug is used instead of exercise to increase your heart rate. After a few minutes, another set of ultrasound images are acquired to determine whether your heart muscles are getting enough blood and oxygen while you exercise

Because of its safety, low cost, and ease of use, echo is one of the most widely used cardiac imaging tests in the world

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1. Ritchie, Roser. Causes of Death. Our World in Data. February 2018. https://ourworldindata.org/causes-of-death. Accessed February 1, 2019.
2. CDC, NCHS. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2013 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released 2015. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2013, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed December 18, 2018.