Angina & Heart Attack both belong to the group of Coronary Heart Diseases (CHD), a condition which affects the blood vessels surrounding the heart, supplying the heart with oxygen and nutrition’s. If these blood vessels become partly blocked they lead to a decreased heart function which results in symptoms like pain in the chest, arm, neck or jaw. This is Angina.
If the artery is completely blocked off the affected area of the heart muscle can die. This is a heart attack.
Coronary Heart Diseases are the leading cause of death in Australia; actually every fifth death is caused by CHD.
Risk factors include smoking, lack of exercise, high body weight, blood pressure & cholesterol levels as well as old age and diabetes. CHD can be managed and treated.