Coronary heart disease
When plaque builds up in the arteries leading to your heart, the flow of vital blood and oxygen is restricted. Over the years, this restriction weakens your heart muscle.
What is Coronary heart disease (CHD)?
CHD is the UK’s biggest killer. You may not have any symptoms, but you may experience a heavy feeling or tightness in your chest. This could be angina – an early warning of CHD.
If your coronary arteries become blocked cutting off the blood and oxygen supply to your heart, you may have a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack can be very similar to angina, but they can also feel like heart burn or indigestion.
If you think you are having a heart attack, call 999 immediately.
What causes CHD?
Risk factors of CHD include:
- Being overweight
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure.
How is CHD treated?
Our experienced cardiovascular consultants can diagnose and treat your coronary heart disease and advise you on the changes you may need to make to keep your heart healthy.
Related tests and scans
Waiting for blood tests and results can be an anxious time. If you’ve been referred by a GP for a test and don’t want to worry or wait, Nuffield Health can help. Our national network of fully accredited laboratories delivers fast, reliable results at a competitive price – wherever you are in the UK.