Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a condition that is characterized by the blockage or reduction in the flow of blood to the heart by the coronary arteries. Atherosclerosis is a condition where excess plaque in the body builds up on the inside of the heart’s arteries. This build up causes a narrowing of the arteries, ultimately leading to reduced or blocked blood flow. This condition is extremely dangerous, as it can cause a heart attack.

A heart attack is different from a stroke. It is characterized by the blockage or reduction in the flow of blood to the heart. It is a very serious condition because it shows that the heart is not getting enough oxygen, which can cause death if not treated quickly. Risks for CHD include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes (high glucose levels), obesity, poor diet, smoking, and physical inactivity. If you or someone else has symptoms of a heart attack, it is pertinent that medical attention is received immediately. The common symptoms of a heart attack, as defined by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, are “shortness of breath, pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulder, chest pain or discomfort, feeling weak, light-headed, or faint, and pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.”

Cardiovascular diseases, like coronary heart disease, are the number one killer in the United States. This is unfortunate, as many its causes are preventable with a healthy diet and proper physical activity. So, don’t let yourself be another statistic; eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to promote good heart health!

References:

American Heart Association

Center of Disease Control and Prevention

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