coronary heart disease


Definition of coronary heart disease 

: a condition and especially one caused by atherosclerosis that reduces blood flow through the coronary arteries to the heart and typically results in chest pain or heart damage

called also coronary artery disease

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The unmarried also had a 43 percent increased likelihood of coronary heart disease death and a 55 percent increased risk for death from stroke. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Marriage May Be Good for Your Heart," 29 June 2018 Once an oxygen-rich blood flow is reestablished to the heart muscle, patients with coronary heart disease can experience less chest pain, achieve a better quality of life and reduce the risk of heart attack. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Once scary, heart bypass surgery has become common and safer," 6 Mar. 2018 Consuming high amounts of artificial trans fat increases your risk of coronary heart disease. Shauna Downs,, "FDA's new ban on trans fats could prevent 20,000 heart attacks annually," 13 June 2018 The Million Women Study conducted in Britain demonstrated a direct link between the development of coronary heart disease and an increase in waist circumference over a 20-year period. New York Times, "The Dangers of Belly Fat," 11 June 2018 Twin studies give us statistics on the genetic risks of diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke or cancer. Ruth O. Selig, Washington Post, "Years ago when my twin got breast cancer I took drastic action and am grateful I did," 28 May 2018 What came to be known as the North Karelia project led to a 63 percent decline in deaths from coronary heart disease for men between the ages of 30 and 64. Marlon Graf, STAT, "Chronic diseases are taxing our health care system and our economy," 31 May 2018 Indeed, loneliness and social isolation has been linked to a higher risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. NBC News, "Americans are lonelier than ever — but 'Gen Z' may be the loneliest," 14 May 2018 For people with coronary heart disease, losing weight will not prolong life, a new study reports, but increasing physical activity will. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "For Heart Disease Patients, Think Exercise, Not Weight Loss," 5 Mar. 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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coronary heart disease

variants: or coronary artery disease also coronary disease

Medical Definition of coronary heart disease 

: a condition and especially one caused by atherosclerosis that reduces the blood flow through the coronary arteries to the heart muscle and typically results in chest pain or heart damage High blood cholesterol … is an important risk factor for coronary heart disease—the leading cause of death in the United States.The Journal of the American Medical Association, 22 Sept. 1993 The fatty acids called triglycerides significantly contribute to the progression of coronary artery disease, researchers have found.The New York Times, 19 July 1994 … exercise testing is a safe and relatively simple way to quantitate cardiovascular performance and detect coronary disease when interpreted in conjunction with other clinical findings.— Terry Jopke, The Physician and Sports Medicine, March 1981

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