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Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
CHD is usually not noticed until the individual has suffered from angina, a heart attack, heart failure or Arrhythmia (abnormal heart beats)
After experiencing these signs you would either go to your GP as soon as possible or if experiencing a heart attack phone an ambulance and go to the hospital for treatment and monitoring.
When the patient is stable there will be tests carried out to see what has caused the heart problems. Your doctor will diagnose coronary heart disease (CHD) based on your medical and family histories, your risk factors for CHD, a physical exam, and the results from tests and procedures. An Electrocardiogram test will be needed as well as stress testing, chest scan and other tests.
There are a number of treatment options for coronary heart disease. The treatments you’re offered will depend on your personal circumstances. Your doctor will discuss these with you to help you make a decision that’s right for you. Your decision will be based on your doctor’s expert opinion and your own personal values and preferences. Your GP may recommend that you make certain lifestyle changes to reduce your symptoms or prevent a heart attack. However, although these changes will help it’s unlikely that they will be enough on their own. Medicines aim to help reduce your symptoms, stop coronary heart disease getting worse or prevent future heart attacks. There are a number of different medicines used in the treatment of coronary heart disease, which work in different ways. in some serious cases a heart transplant may be required
Frequent monitoring will be required after treatment. Check-ups at the hospital will be required by your doctor to ensure that the plaque doesn't build up even more in the arteries and to ensure it doesn't block blood flow to and from the heart.
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