Coronary Heart Disease

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Coronary Heart Disease

Also known as coronary artery disease or CAD, coronary heart disease (CHD) is a disease which causes the arteries leading to the heart to shrink or tighten up. If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with this problem, it would help to know that you or your loved one is not alone. As a matter of fact, CHD is the most prevalent heart complication there is. In the United States alone, it affects more than twelve million people. At the same time, it is the single biggest cause of death in the country. Statistics show that it is responsible for the deaths of almost half a million people every year.

This isn’t isolated in the United States. In other Western countries, particularly in Europe, coronary heart disease has also become a very common problem. It has been estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that about thirty percent of deaths that occur every year is, in one way or another, connected to the heart. Diseases such as CHD are frontrunners of this statistic.

With all those deaths and with the odds stacked against you, is there anything that you can do in order to combat the effects of CHD? The answer is, of course. There are a lot of things that you can do in order to prevent becoming another death statistic.

Death Rates for Coronary Disease, U.S., 1950–2004

Sometimes, the best solution for coronary heart disease is the simplest one at that. Maybe all you have to do is to have a simple change in lifestyle. For the past few years, you may have been eating too many fatty foods. You could have been one of those people who lived on fast food and junk food, which does fill up your stomach, but does nothing for your health except deteriorate it. Sometimes, a simple change in your diet is all that you need in order for this not to happen to you. Eat the right kinds of food all the time, and regularly exercise your body.

If changing your habits to a more healthy one does not work, then there are other solutions that you can make use of as well. For one, there are a lot of medications and drugs being manufactured every day, and some of them are for coronary heart disease. This means that more and more solutions are coming out each day. Ask your doctor about these medications. One of them can be your life saver. For more extreme cases, surgery is also an option. Procedures have been developed in order to help reverse the effects of CHD. Bypass surgery, angioplasty, and stenting are just some of the procedures that your doctor can do for you in order to combat this problem.

If you, one of your family members, or a friend have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, it is not the end of the world. Yes, this is a very serious condition that you should not take lightly. This is a condition that can end your life. But there is still hope. There are a lot of options for you to consider in order to stop the effects of CHD.

Medications

Norvasc, Zestril, Prinivil, Aceon, Vasodilan, Voxsuprine


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