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Coronary Heart Disease

Overview

Coronary Heart disease is the shrinking or narrowing of blood vessels (coronary arteries) that bring the oxygenated blood back into the heart. Due to the constriction in the small blood vessels, the blood flow slackens and often stops causing shortness of breath, severe chest pain and even cardiac arrests. The narrowing usually occurs due to deposits of plaque and cholesterol within the arteries.

 

Causes

High blood pressure, diabetes, chewing tobacco, smoking and high cholesterol in the blood can be contributing factors to the damage of the inner layers of the coronary arteries. This could lead to a coronary heart disease. This problem can be hereditary and in some persons, obesity could also cause this condition. Lack of regular exercise, a high fat diet or emotional stress can be other probable causes of coronary heart disease.  As a person grows older, the risk of developing coronary heart disease also increases. Other factors like sleep apnea (a sleep disorder wherein the breathing becomes very shallow during sleep) and intake of alcohol may contribute to coronary heart disease.

 

Symptoms

A sudden cardiac arrest can be said to be the most distressing symptom of coronary heart disease. Angina or chest pain may also be quite common for this condition. People may experience extreme discomfort or shortness of breath on exertion. A few persons may have jaw pain, back pain or arm pain, especially on the left side of the body. Heart palpitations, dizziness, light headedness, weakness on exertion and irregular heartbeats might be considered as other symptoms of coronary heart disease. 

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will carefully hear the symptoms of the person and also suggest that the patient undergo different screening tests to make a careful diagnosis of the condition. The tests can help the doctor to detect the presence and the severity of the coronary heart disease.  The doctor will also do a physical examination and may recommend a few lab tests or imaging tests to pinpoint the correct diagnosis. A detailed medical history as well as family history will be taken into consideration while evaluating the condition of the patient. 

 

Treatment

To treat a coronary heart disease the doctor will suggest taking medicines and recommend certain medical procedures to be done. The goal of the treatment will be to relieve the symptoms and reduce the risk factors. A Nutritionist may advise changes to the diet that could improve the metabolic system of the body thereby promoting good health. The practice of Yoga on a regular basis, bodywork massages and relaxation therapies may also help treat this condition.

 

A healthy lifestyle can help prevent coronary artery disease.  This includes maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, moderate drinking, not taking any recreational drugs and managing stress.



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