Coronary heart disease is also called coronary artery disease. It is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S.
Coronary Heart Disease
The most common cause of coronary heart disease is atherosclerosis. That’s when the inner lining of an artery becomes inflamed and builds up with plaque. It causes the artery to narrow or become blocked.
The symptoms of coronary heart disease will depend on the severity of the disease. Some people have no symptoms. Others have episodes of mild chest pain (angina) when they are active. Some people have more severe chest pain even at rest.
These are the symptoms of coronary heart disease:
Heaviness, tightness, pressure, burning, or pain in the chest behind the breastbone
Fainting (syncope) may be a symptom of a heart attack in elderly adults.