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CONTENTS 3 Introduction 4 The Human Heart 5 Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease 5 Heart Attack 5 Sudden Death 5 Angina 6 Angina Pectoris 6 Signs and Symptoms 7 Different Forms of Angina 8 Causes of Angina 9 Atherosclerosis 9 Plaque 10 Lipoproteins 10 Lipoproteins and Atheroma 11 Risk Factors 11 Family History 11 Diabetes 11 Hypertension 11 Cholesterol 12 Smoking 12 Multiple Risk Factors 13 Diagnosis 14 Drug Treatment 14 Nitrates 14 Beta-blockers 15 Calcium antagonists 15 Other Medications 16 Surgery 16 Coronary Bypass Surgery 17 Angioplasty 18 Self-Help 20 Type-A Behaviour Pattern 21 Cardiac Rehab Program 22 Conclusion 23 Diagrams and Charts 26 Bibliography INTRODUCTION In todays society people are gaining medical knowledge at quite a fast pace Treatments cures and vaccines for various diseases and disorders are being developed constantly and yet coronary heart disease remains the number one killer in the world The media today concentrates intensely on drug and alcohol abuse homicides AIDS and so on What a lot of people are not realizing is that coronary heart disease actually accounts for about 80 of all sudden deaths In fact the number of deaths from heart disease approximately equals to the number of deaths from cancer accidents chronic lung disease pneumonia and influenza and others COMBINED One of the symptoms of coronary heart disease is angina pectoris Unfortunately a lot of people do not take it seriously and thus not realizing that it may lead to other complications and even deathTHE HUMAN HEART In order to understand angina one
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