What is coronary artery disease (CHD)?

Chest pain, pressure and tightness behind the sternum, caused by strain or stress - but also occurring spontaneously at rest - are typical symptoms of coronary artery disease

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The coronary arteries supply the heart with blood

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Coronary Heart Disease - In Brief

In coronary artery disease, the coronary arteries are calcified and narrowed by arteriosclerosis.Typical symptoms are pain in the chest or behind the breastbone when the patient is exerted, which disappears with rest or after administration of nitrates. Coronary artery disease can be treated with medication. In some cases, it is also necessary to widen the constrictions as part of a cardiac catheter operation or to bypass the constricted vessels with a bypass. It is also important to get risk factors for vascular calcification under control.

Definition: what is coronary artery disease?

Coronary heart disease is caused by calcification (arteriosclerosis) of the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries are the blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygenated blood and energy-providing nutrients. If the calcification creates constrictions or blockages in the coronary arteries, the blood flow necessary for the supply of oxygen can be impeded. The result can be heart pain or even a heart attack.