Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a serious cardiovascular condition where blood flow to the heart is reduced making it impossible for the heart muscle to function as it should. As blood flow decreases so does one’s ability to do many of the things they once did. Additionally, the chances of heart attack or heart arrhythmia greatly increase as an overworked heart muscle struggles to perform.
Possible coronary heart disease causes
The vast majority of the time CHD is caused by plaque buildup in the wall of the main coronary artery or coronary artery complex. While this fact probably comes as no surprise what you might find surprising is that arterial plaque accumulation can begin as early as the age of 8, and possibly earlier.
Plaque deposits are made up of cholesterol and other blood fats, dead cells, and covered with a hard layer of calcium. They will continue to build over time if aggressive steps aren’t taken to reverse their march towards total artery blockage.
The rate of increase, or possible decline, will greatly depend on the amount of lipids (cholesterol and blood fats) circulating through the cardiovascular system.
While plaque buildup is by far the most common of the coronary heart disease causes, it by no means is the only one. The list of additional causes includes spasm of an artery, a birth defect, a viral infection (such as Kawasaki syndrome), lupus, arteritis (arterial inflammation), or damage from radiation therapy or radiation exposure.
Secondary coronary heart disease causes
Factors that contribute to arterial plaque accumulation in the coronary arteries are first and secondhand smoke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, inactivity, high blood homocysteine levels, long-term stress, and elevated levels of sugar in the blood due to insulin resistance and diabetes.
What if suspected coronary heart disease causes have lead to what I believe to be CHD?
The best course of action is to consult your medical professional immediately to confirm your suspicions and determine the severity of the disease. If your doctor determines that coronary artery blockage is severe, quite likely he will insist on a surgical stent procedure to reopen the problem artery.
Be prepared for this possibility because coronary blockage generally needs to exceed 80 percent to produce noticeable symptoms.
On the other hand if the blockage is not severe you doctor will likely suggest making a number of lifestyle modifications such as a implementing a low fat diet plan, increasing daily physical activity, losing a few pounds if you are overweight, eliminating exposure to first and second hand smoke, improving sleep patterns, and finding ways to better manage stress.
He may also suggest a prescription medication (Lipitor or Crestor) or possibly even a natural cholesterol reduction supplement specifically formulated to reduce LDL cholesterol (bad) and raise HDL cholesterol (good).
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