Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.  CHD is also called coronary artery disease.  CHD is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.  It is a building up of plaque on your artery walls also called hardening of the arteries.  You cannot change some risk factors, but others you can.  For instance men, your genes, your age, and certain races are more likely to get CHD.  Diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), among other things can increase you likelihood of getting this disease.  Some of the symptoms are shortness of breath, fatigue, and weakness.  Some tests used to diagnose this disease are: an ECG, heart CT scan, and echocardiogram.  Some treatments include:  ACE inhibitors, nitrates, and getting your LDL cholesterol and blood pressure to a normal or average level.  Stay Informed!    Coronary heart disease - PubMed Health

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