Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease (CHD), also known as coronary artery disease, is a condition where the small blood vessels supplying oxygen to the heart become narrow.
CHD frequently leads to heart attacks and is the number one cause of death for males and females in the United States. Approximately 1.2 million people suffer from heart attacks annually in the United States and as many as 50% are fatal.
Patients who are at risk or who have experienced a heart attack are advised to do the following:
- Stop smoking
- Avoid excess salt in the diet
- Maintain a normal blood sugar level (for diabetics)
- Follow a healthy heart diet that is low in cholesterol and saturated fat
- Avoid trans fats
- Exercise regularly
- Strive to maintain a healthy weight