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Coronary heart disease
Coronary heart disease is responsible for about on third of deaths in most Western countries. It takes a long time to develop and is usually present long before death. It is largely preventable. Since you have had coronary bypass surgery, however, it is already clear that you have coronary heart disease. But you will be relieved to know that its progress can be delayed or even reversed. You can do this by carefully following medical advice, taking any medication prescribed and making sure you lead a healthy lifestyle.
In affluent societies there is usually too much saturated fat in diets. This causes the body to produce large amounts of cholesterol-more than is needed-and the excess cholesterol and other fats (or lipids) make their way into the blood stream. Gradually, the cholesterol in the blood stream is deposited in the walls of the arteries, the vessels which carry blood under pressure from the heart to all parts of the body.
Eventually, small areas (or plaques) of fatty tissue form in the arterial wall. The artery wall becomes hardened around the fatty deposits (this is called sclerosis), and the flow of blood down the artery starts to be obstructed.
Coronary artery disease
These fatty deposits can occur in arteries anywhere in the body. However they are most likely to occur in the coronary arteries-the arteries which run down the surface of the heart and carry the blood to the heart muscle. Because they form a crown around the heart, they are called coronary arteries. When these arteries become narrow, the flow of blood through them is reduced and, with exertion, this results in chest pain. This pain is called angina pectoris, which means strangling in the chest. It may also occur when the patient is at rest.
Coronary occlusion- heart attack
A coronary occlusion occurs when a coronary artery becomes blocked (occluded) by a blood clot which develops on a plaque of atheroma. It is called a coronary thrombosis. The coronary thrombosis stops or greatly reduces the blood flow to a part of the heart muscle, and that part of the heart muscle may die or be damaged. When this occurs it is called an acute myocardial infarction. Another name for it is a heart attack. The myocardial infarction is later replaced by a scar in the heart muscle. In the diagrams you will see how a coronary artery occlusion can lead to a heart attack or myocardial infarction. The words coronary occlusion, coronary thrombosis, acute myocardial infarction and heart attack are often used interchangeably.

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