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All About Coronary Heart Disease

Aug 17, 2007
This article is written to familiarize you with a number of details concerning coronary heart disease. It supplements an earlier article.

There are many different types of heart disease that can affect a person. They all represent significant threats to one's health, and in this article, we'll be placing the spotlight on coronary heart disease. It is one of the more serious forms of heart disease and many people suffer from its often-deadly symptoms. We'll explain the symptoms of the disease, talk about what causes it, and discuss some preventative measures that you can take in order to lessen your chances of developing this disease.

Coronary heart disease is a problem that develops over many years. Plaque begins to develop within the arteries around the heart, which causes them to function improperly. In advanced cases, the blockage caused by the accumulated plaque can cause an artery to be cut off from the heart entirely.

In advanced cases of the disease, a symptom known as angina may occur. Angina can cause sensations of pain to take place in the chest, the arms, or the jaw. Bouts of angina may occur when coronary heart disease is present and the individual is involved in a level of activity. In order to treat the painful symptoms of angina, doctors often employ the procedure known as angioplasty in order to lessen the amount of plaque in the arteries and decrease the pain.

There are several things that you can do in order to prevent this disease. One thing that is important to keep track of is your cholesterol level - they largely dictate your likelihood of developing coronary heart disease. Low levels of LDL cholesterol are key to keeping a healthy heart. Eating mainly vegetables is a great way of lessening your chances of developing this disease - vegetarians have been found to be 24% less likely to develop the disease. Also, you should do your best to avoid eating foods that contain a high level of trans fat - studies have linked the compound to the development of arterial plaques. You can keep your cholesterol low by using medication and sticking to a healthy diet. Another area of concern is smoking cigarettes. The act of smoking cigarettes on a regular basis puts you at a high degree of risk for developing the deadly disease of discussion.

Now that you know more about coronary heart disease, you can better understand the dire situation that it represents. Also, you are more informed about what you can do in order to lessen your chances of developing this deadly disease. If you think that you are at risk, you should speak to your doctor in order to work out a plan that can keep your heart healthy and safe. The more that you ignore a problem with coronary heart disease, the worse off that you will be from a medical standpoint.

It's not a problem that should be ignored. Coronary heart disease is responsible for widespread death in industrialized countries. Education is paramount to protecting yourself from this deadly disease.
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