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Coronary heart disease

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Introduction
Coronary heart disease is the UK's biggest killer, causing around 82,000 deaths each year. About one in five men and one in eight women die from the disease.
Symptoms of coronary heart disease
The most common symptoms of coronary heart disease (CHD) are chest pain (angina) and a heart attack.
Causes of heart disease
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is usually caused by a build-up of fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries around the heart (coronary arteries).
Diagnosis and risk assessment
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is usually diagnosed after a risk assessment and some further tests.
Treating heart disease
Although coronary heart disease (CHD) cannot be cured, treatment can help manage the symptoms and reduce the risk of further problems.
Recovering from heart disease
After having heart surgery or problems like a heart attack, it is possible to resume a normal life.
Preventing heart disease
There are several ways that you can help to lower your risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD), such as reducing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
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