Posted by: wockhardthospitals | June 1, 2009

Coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease occurs when the smaller blood vessels carrying blood and oxygen to the heart become narrow and obstruct the flow. It results from fatty material and plaque build-up. Increasing narrowing of the coronary artery can eventually not just restrict but actually block the flow. This gives rise to angina or chest

pain, short breath and heart attack etc. Some of the chief factors that increase coronary heart disease risks include:

Family history of coronary heart disease

High blood pressure

Diabetes

High cholesterol levels

Lack of physical activity or exercise

Obesity

Tobacco smoking.

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