What are the warning signs of coronary heart disease?
Signs and symptoms – Coronary Heart Disease
- Angina, which can feel like pressure, squeezing, burning, or tightness during physical activity.
- Cold sweats.
- Nausea or a feeling of indigestion.
- Neck pain.
- Shortness of breath, especially with activity.
- Sleep disturbances.
What is the main cause of coronary artery disease?
Coronary artery disease is caused by plaque buildup in the wall of the arteries that supply blood to the heart (called coronary arteries). Plaque is made up of cholesterol deposits. Plaque buildup causes the inside of the arteries to narrow over time. This process is called atherosclerosis.
What does a weak heart feel like?
Weakness or dizziness. Discomfort in your chest; you may feel a pressure or weight in your chest with activity or when going out in cold air. Palpitations (this may feel like a rapid heart rhythm, irregular heartbeat, skipped beats, or a flip-flop feeling in your chest.)
Can you live a full life with coronary artery disease?
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is treatable, but there is no cure. This means that once diagnosed with CAD, you have to learn to live with it for the rest of your life. By lowering your risk factors and losing your fears, you can live a full life despite CAD.
Should I take aspirin if I have coronary artery disease?
Aspirin therapy is very helpful for people with CAD or a history of stroke. If you have been diagnosed with CAD, your health care provider may recommend that you take a daily dose (from 75 to 162 mg) of aspirin. A daily dose of 81 mg is recommended for people who have had PCI (angioplasty).
What is the difference between coronary artery disease and heart disease?
Coronary heart disease is often referred to simply as “heart disease,” although it’s not the only type of heart disease. Another term for it is coronary artery disease. About 366,000 Americans died from coronary heart disease in 2015.
How do you test for coronary artery disease?
- Electrocardiogram (ECG). An electrocardiogram records electrical signals as they travel through your heart.
- Echocardiogram. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart.
- Exercise stress test.
- Nuclear stress test.
- Cardiac catheterization and angiogram.
- Cardiac CT scan.
Can stress cause coronary heart disease?
Heart disease is another potential stress-related problem. Stress may lead to high blood pressure, which can pose a risk for heart attack and stroke. Stress also may contribute to such cardiovascular disease risks as smoking, overeating and lack of physical activity.
What foods cause coronary heart disease?
Foods high in saturated fat include:
- meat pies.
- sausages and fatty cuts of meat.
- ghee – a type of butter often used in Indian cooking.
- hard cheese.
- cakes and biscuits.