Coronary heart disease, as it is referred to by medical professionals, can cause chest pain, heart attacks and heart failure.
Smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes have all been found to cause the condition.
If your doctor feels you are at risk of coronary heart disease an assessment will be carried out.
You may hear of the term ischemic heart disease, but what is it – is it worse than coronary heart disease?
Coronary heart disease was previously called ischaemic heart disease, but both refer to the same medical condition.
The symptoms and causes are exactly the same – the main signs are chest pains, heart attacks and heart failure, and smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes are the most common causes.
So how do you treat coronary or ischemic heart disease?
NHS Choices says it cannot be cured but treatment can help manage the symptoms and reduce the chances of problems such as heart attacks.
Treatment can include regular exercise and stopping smoking, medication or surgery.
But coronary heart disease can be prevented.
The NHS website states you can reduce your risk of getting coronary heart disease by making some simple lifestyle changes:
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Being physically active
- Giving up smoking
- Controlling blood cholesterol and sugar levels
It adds: “Keeping your heart healthy will also have other health benefits, such as helping reduce your risk of stroke and dementia.”
Heart health could be improved by eating a handful of nuts a day, researchers recently revealed.
A study carried out by scientists at Imperial College, London found the snack lowered the likelihood of early death by 22 per cent, diabetes by almost 40 per cent, and respiratory diseases by about 50 per cent.
Peanuts were also found to help prevent strokes.