Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries. Over time, the walls of your arteries can become furred up with fatty deposits. This process is known as atherosclerosis and the fatty deposits are called atheroma. It can be caused by lifestyle factors such as smoking and regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol.

The man symptoms of CHD are:

  • shortness of breath
  • feeling faint
  • feeling sick
  • chest pain
  • pain throughout the body

Preventing heart disease

You can reduce your risk of heart disease by making some lifestyle changes, these can be:

  • giving up smoking
  • reducing the amount of alcohol you drink
  • reducing the amount of salt you eat
  • eating a health, balanced diet
  • exercising regularly

Treating coronary heart disease

Heart disease cannot be cured however treatment can help to manage symptoms and reduce the chances of having a heart attack.

Treatment can include:

  • lifestyle changes
  • medicines
  • surgery
  • angioplasty