Coronary heart disease is the hardening of arteries from plaque build-up. The hardened arteries restrict blood flow, so your heart cannot receive enough oxygenated blood, especially when it beats quickly during physical exertion or stress. This can cause chest pain and shortness of breath. If an artery becomes completely blocked, a heart attack may occur. Lack of oxygen to your heart during a heart attack causes irreversible damage as the heart muscle dies and is replaced with scar tissue. If damage is severe, the heart may be unable to pump enough blood through the body, a condition called heart failure. Life-threatening irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmias can also occur.
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How does coronary heart disease affect the body?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
What is post-pericardiotomy syndrome?
Post-pericardiotomy syndrome is an inflammation of the tissues around the heart and is seen after an open heart operation. Symptoms include fatigue, a sensation of not feeling well, and fever. Blood tests may show an elevated white count or inflammation.
Are heart disease and kidney disease linked?
Discovery Health answered
Heart disease is more common among people with kidney disease. When people with kidney disease die, heart failure is the most common cause.
Even people with mild to moderate kidney disease are more likely to have heart disease than others of the same sex and age who do not have kidney disease.
A recent study of heart failure patients reported that most patients had some degree of abnormal kidney function, and the patients who did had an estimated 50 percent greater risk of death than those with normal kidney function.
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