Signs of Coronary Artery Disease and Tips for Protecting Your Heart

HiResMr. Stone was recently diagnosed with coronary artery disease. He wants to know more. Let’s explain:

Coronary arteries are the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. They can accumulate plaque and become narrow, just like other arteries in your body. However, if blood flow through the coronary arteries is limited, the heart may not receive sufficient amounts of oxygen and nutrients and may not function properly. The blockage of coronary arteries is called coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease and coronary heart disease refer to the same disease, and both terms are used interchangeably.

Over time, coronary artery disease makes your heart work harder and can weaken the heart muscle. To protect your heart it is important you recognize the symptoms of coronary artery disease and to do what you can to prevent and lower your risk of disease. Here is some helpful information:

Call 911 if you or any one you know has these symptoms of coronary artery disease:

  • Chest pain
  • Pain that radiates down your arm, shoulders, neck, jaw or back

The risk factors for coronary artery disease include high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, smoking, being sedentary, overweight, eating an unhealthy diet and being stressed. To decrease your risk of coronary artery disease, follow the tips below:

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