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Coronary Heart Disease

2005 White Paper
Coronary Heart Disease

Discusses four problems resulting from coronary heart disease: heart attacks, angina, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure.

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Table of Contents

Structure of the Heart

Causes of Coronary Heart Disease

Symptoms and Complications of Coronary Heart Disease
• Angina
• Heart Attack
• Heart Failure
• Arrhythmias

Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease

Diagnosis of Coronary Heart Disease and Its Complications
• Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
• Exercise Stress Test
• Nuclear Medicine Stress Test
• Echocardiography
• Stress Echocardiography
• Coronary Angiography
• Intravascular Ultrasound
• Electron-Beam Computed Tomography
• Blood Markers of a Heart Attack

Electrophysiology Studies

Lifestyle Measures To Prevent and Treat Coronary Heart Disease
• Cigarette Smoking
• Dietary Fat
• Dietary Sodium and Potassium
• Dietary Fiber
• Soy
• Antioxidants
• Physical Activity
• Weight Control
• Alcohol
• Stress Reduction
• Homocysteine

The Benefits of Lowering Cholesterol Levels

Medications To Prevent or Treat Coronary Heart Disease
• Lipid-Lowering Medications
• Antihypertensive Medications
• Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Drugs
• Hormone Replacement Therapy
• Antianginal Drugs

Revascularization Treatment of Angina
• Bypass Surgery
• Angioplasty
• Bypass Surgery vs. Angioplasty
• Other Procedures To Improve Blood Supply to the Heart
• Enhanced External Counterpulsation

Treatment of Unstable Angina

Treatment of Heart Attack
• Thrombolytic Therapy
• Emergency Angioplasty/Bypass Surgery
• Risk Stratification
• Recovery

Treatment of Complications of a Heart Attack
• Heart Failure
• Arrhythmias

Heart Transplantation

Artificial Heart Implantation

Cardiac Rehabilitation




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