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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.  The following resources will give you information on keeping your heart healthy and reducing the risk of future problems.

What to eat and drink when you are on warfarin

Advice to help keep blood clotting times stable.


Eating for a Healthy Heart

A patient information leaflet.

Eating for a Healthy Heart

For the South Asian Diet.

Eating for a Healthy Heart

A patient information booklet on a cardio-protective diet.

Fat content of cream, creme fraiche, yogurt and fromage frais


Fat content of cheese

Approximate values of fat per 100g of cheese.

Information sheet on cholesterol


Information sheet on triglycerides


Making Sense of Fats

Information on how different types of fatt affect cholesterol levels.

Healthy Heart

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