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Heart Disease

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is caused by the gradual build up of fatty deposits on the walls of the coronary arteries in the heart, which makes them narrow and difficult for the artery to then supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscle.  The process of the build up of fatty deposits is called atherosclerosis and the fatty material is called atheroma.
Angina is the pain or discomfort in the chest usually caused by CHD as a result of atherosclerosis.  A heart attack occurs when a piece of atheroma breaks off the artery wall and causes a blockage in the artery, which then starves the heart muscle of blood and oxygen.
While you cannot reverse the underlying damage caused by CHD, you can prevent it from getting worse. 


Healthy Heart

Link to fact sheet produced by the British Dietetic Association on Heart Disease

Link to British Heart Foundation website


Link to BDA Oily Fish (Omega 3) leaflet