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Coronary Artery Disease

Definition, Diagnosis, and Natural Remedies

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Introduction

The Changing Nature of Heart Disease

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The sirens scream and the lights spin as the ambulance weaves its way in and out of traffic, on the way to the hospital with yet another heart attack victim – the third in just 24 hours. 

Today, coronary artery disease (CAD), also called coronary heart disease (CHD), is the most common type of heart disease. 

Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a heart attack! But why? A heart attack can result from coronary artery disease that is left untreated.

Although heart disease has been around for a while, its nature has changed. In the early 1900s, factors such as congenital heart muscle or valve damage, inflammation from bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral diseases, and syphilis and rheumatic fever contributed to most cases of heart disease.

According to statistics, heart disease was rare in 1900 — accounting for about nine percent of all deaths in the United States

Fast forward to 1950, and CHD (including stroke) became the leading cause of mortality in the United States — accounting for 48 percent of all deaths. A once-rare condition took center stage, killing millions each year.

So what has changed? How is heart disease today different from what it was in the 1900s?

Most cases of heart disease today come from a massive blood clot that leads to obstruction of the coronary artery, which kills the heart muscle.