Coronary Heart Disease ( Chd ) Essays

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Coronary heart disease (CHD), often interchanged with coronary artery disease (CAD), is known as the buildup of plaque in the heart’s arteries causing them to narrow and decreasing the oxygen and nutrient-rich blood flow to the heart. The blockage of blood flow to the heart can result in a heart attack. There is also an increased risk for stroke with the buildup of plaque in the arteries due to the lack of blood flow and possible clot formation. According to a research study completed last year, coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death globally. However, one can decrease their risk for CHD by reducing their modifiable risk factors, such as tobacco, physical inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diet, stress, alcohol and diabetes mellitus. Unfortunately, there are non-modifiable risk factors as well, which include age, gender, heredity and ethnicity. Males and African Americans are at greatest risk for gender and ethnicity (American Heart Association, 2015).
G.P. is a 60-year-old, male experiencing coronary heart disease. His health history includes, HTN and a five-year history of angina pectoris. For the past ten days he has been feeling mid-chest discomfort which has been responding to nitroglycerin (NTG) sublingually. He also complains of recent fatigue and feeling crappy all of the time. Several years ago, a cardiac catheterization revealed 50% stenosis in his right coronary artery (RCA) and left anterior descending…

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