Coronary Artery Disease - Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

by James S. Pendergraft

Posted on Wednesday 29th of July 2009

CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) refers to the contracting of the heart arteries because of atherosclerosis. The heart muscle doesn't get sufficient oxygen when the heart arteries are contracted. If your heart is starving out of oxygen, then the pain in the chest arises which is called as angina. If your artery is totally blocked then the result would be heart attack. In medical terms, the heart attack is referred as myocardial infarction (MI). Coronary Artery Disease is considered to be the most usual type of the heart disease and the heart attack has been considered to be leading killer for both men as well as women.

Many of such deaths could be prevented by taking in control few risk factors which might lead to CAD. Few of such risk factors which need to be controlled are high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol. There're other risk factors that are required to be controlled related to our lifestyle, like quit smoking, maintain a perfect weight as well as start including physical activities or exercise in your daily routine.

Even though today there are numerous treatment coming up for heart disease, but the main way of preventing death and illness from Coronary Artery Disease is by controlling the risk factors.

Coronary Artery Disease causes are:

Mostly the heart faces lower oxygen supply because of atherosclerosis and this is even termed as hardening of the arteries. At the time of such condition, plaques which are actually fatty deposits get formed in the blood vessels' linings. These plaques (at the time of formation) make your arteries narrow and because of this only few amount of blood vessel is able to reach the heart, therefore the supply of oxygen also gets lessen. Atherosclerosis arise frequently because of more amount of bad cholesterol as well as triglycerides that circulate in your bloodstream.

Coronary Artery Disease Symptoms -

Few of the individuals with Coronary Artery Disease may contain no symptoms unless this disease has become serious enough and might cause pains in their chest, or say angina pectoris.

Angina being stable is frequently considered as the very 1st symptom from which a person can find out that he or she is suffering from CAD. Discomfort or chest pain may occur due to the activity and might disappear when they take proper rest. If the angina is unstable then it could be difficult to predict the disease and could rise when one is relaxing. This indicates the fast progression of Coronary Artery Disease and there are superior chances of heart attack as well as one must meet the physician immediately.

Coronary Artery Disease Treatments -

A doctor could suggest any of the following treatments -

- Cholesterol lowering medications could decline the bad cholesterol level which is present in ones blood by increasing the good cholesterol level.

- Antiplatelet medication doesn't allow the clots to form.

- Blood pressure declining agents could decline the heart attack risk dramatically when one has superior blood pressure.

If you believe to have that disease please consult a doctor.

To Your Health!

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