Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary Heart - Coronary Heart Disease What is Coronary Heart Disease • It is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and

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Unformatted text preview: Coronary Heart Disease What is Coronary Heart Disease? • It is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. • It is also known as: – Coronary Artery Disease – Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease – CHD – CAD Causes of CHD • Coronary heart disease is usually caused by a condition called atherosclerosis , which occurs when fatty material and a substance called plaque builds up on the walls of your arteries. This causes them to get narrow. As the coronary arteries narrow, blood flow to the heart can slow down or stop, causing chest pain ( stable angina ), shortness of breath, heart attack , and other symptoms. (1) CHD is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. More than 15 million people suffer from some form of this disease. Risk factors • Genetic factors: you are more likely to develop CHD if someone in your family has it • The older you get the more likely you are to get CHD • Men in their 40s have a higher risk than women, but women’s risk increases as they grow older to be equivalent to a man’s risk •...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course NFS NFS301 taught by Professor Gaetke during the Spring '07 term at Kentucky.

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Coronary Heart - Coronary Heart Disease What is Coronary Heart Disease • It is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and

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