What is Coronary Heart Disease?

Q:
What is coronary heart disease?

A:
Coronary artery disease develops when the major blood vessels that supply your heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients (coronary arteries) become damaged or diseased. When the block(plaque) builds up, it narrows your coronary arteries, decreasing blood flow to your heart. Eventually, the decreased blood flow may cause chest pain (angina), shortness of breath, or other coronary artery disease signs and symptoms. A complete blockage can cause a heart attack.

How to prevent the coronary disease?

Some lifestyle habits that can help treat coronary artery disease and can also help prevent it from developing in the first place. Leading a healthy lifestyle can help keep your arteries strong and clear of plaque. To improve your heart health, you can:

  • Quit smoking
  • Control conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Stay physically active
  • Eat a low-fat, low-salt diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce and manage stress

Keywords: coronary heart disease; coronary heart disease+; plaque; shortness of breath; blockage.

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