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.
Galen Centeno, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursGalen Centeno MD
360 Mountain View
Dunellen, NJ 08812
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Horizon BlueCross BlueShield
- Independence BlueCross BlueShield
- United Healthcare
- Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center
How does coronary heart disease affect the body?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
How is "short bowel syndrome" related to Crohn's disease?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
Surgery is often needed to fight Crohn's disease, a form of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in which inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract develops. Up to 60 percent of people with Crohn's need surgery within the first eight to 10 years with this disease.
One of the side effects from Crohn's surgery is the problem called "short bowel syndrome". When part of the intestine has to be removed, that may affect your ability to properly absorb certain nutrients. This condition can worsen if you have to undergo more surgery, removing more of your intestine. In Crohn's, such need for repeated surgery happens in up to 60 percent of patients.
How do I know the stage of my heart disease?
Dede Bonner, Health Education, answered
In order to determine the best treatments for heart patients, doctors often assess the stage of a patient’s heart failure using the New York Heart Association’s four stages. These stages are simple and relate to everyday activities and your quality of life:
Class I (Mild): No symptoms and no limitations on activity.
Class II (Minimal): Mild symptoms with strenuous exercise.
Class III (Moderate): Marked symptoms prevent some activities.
Class IV (Severe): Noticeable symptoms, even at rest, and can be debilitating.See more at the American Heart Association’s Web site.
Your doctor won’t know your life expectancy with certainty, but most people ask about it anyway.
Find out more about this book:The 10 Best Questions for Recovering from a Heart Attack: The Script You Need to Take Control of Your Health
See all Kidney Disease questions