Coronary heart diseaseOverview
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major cause of death both in the UK and worldwide. CHD is sometimes called ischaemic heart disease.
Coronary heart disease is a common but serious condition where the blood vessels supplying the heart are narrowed or blocked.
Coronary heart disease does not always have obvious symptoms. In some people, it can cause chest pain (angina) or serious problems like heart attacks.
Coronary heart disease is caused by a build-up of fatty substances in the blood vessels supplying the heart. It's often linked to an unhealthy diet.
The main treatments for coronary heart disease are healthy lifestyle changes and medicines. Surgery may be needed if it's severe.
You can reduce your risk of getting coronary heart disease by making simple lifestyle changes, such as exercising more and having a healthy diet.
Page last reviewed: 07/04/2017
Next review due: 07/04/2020