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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Recent Examples on the Web There was low-quality evidence of a small effect on coronary heart disease mortality. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Omega-3s Show No Overall Benefits for Heart Health or Cancer Prevention," 12 Mar. 2020 Preliminary research led the American Heart Association to urge caution for elderly people with coronary heart disease or hypertension. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Age, race and underlying conditions: What makes you more susceptible to coronavirus?," 7 Apr. 2020 One study in Wuhan, China, found that more than half the deaths occurred among those who had conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary heart disease. Popular Science, "COVID-19 could be especially bad news for the South," 26 Mar. 2020 About half the decline in U.S. deaths from coronary heart disease can be attributed to medical therapies like these. Dana Goldman, The Conversation, "Obesity, second to smoking as the most preventable cause of US deaths, needs new approaches," 27 Jan. 2020 Witherspoon died of a heart attack while suffering from coronary heart disease, according to the certificate obtained by People magazine. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Cause of death for comedic actor John Witherspoon confirmed," 13 Nov. 2019 The conditions included high-blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, coronary heart disease, obesity, depression and other mood disorders. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin doctors could reduce health care costs while improving quality of care, study says," 4 Dec. 2019 Pescetarians had a 13% lower risk of coronary heart disease than meat-eaters, shows the study. Nina Avramova, CNN, "Vegetarians might have higher risk of stroke than meat eaters, study says," 4 Sep. 2019 Close: In 2017, the most recent year that the data set was published, coronary heart disease was the second leading cause of the global burden of disease, not depression. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "20 predictions for 2020: Here's what people thought would happen by this year," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of coronary heart disease

1949, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2020

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“Coronary heart disease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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