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About Heart Diseases

Coronary heart disease is a condition that puts you at risk for heart attack and other forms of heart disease. In people who have coronary heart disease, the arteries that supply blood to the heart get clogged with fatty deposits. Other names for this disease are "coronary artery disease" or just "heart disease."

Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease

Many people with coronary heart disease have no symptoms. In fact, the first symptom of the disease can be a heart attack. That's why it is so important to know how to spot a heart attack.

The symptoms of a heart attack can include:

If these symptoms last more than 10 minutes or they keep coming and going, call for an ambulance (in the US and Canada, dial 9-1-1) right away. Do not try to get to the hospital on your own.
Some people with coronary heart disease have chest pain even when they are not having a heart attack. This is most likely to happen when they are walking, going up stairs, or moving around. But if you have chest pain that is new or different than pain you have had before, you should see a doctor right away.

Is there a test for coronary heart disease?

Yes. If your doctor or nurse thinks you might have coronary heart disease, he or she might order blood tests and one or more of these tests: