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London Medical Cardiology

Coronary Artery Disease

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Our approach to heart health

The most commonly experienced symptom of coronary artery disease is angina. Angina is a condition caused by the narrowing of the arteries due to fatty buildups of plaque. Chest pain is a result of restricted blood flow to the heart and other parts of the body. It can feel dull, heavy or tight across the chest. The pain may be triggered by stress or exercise and may spread into your arm, neck, jaw or back. The pain of angina should stop after resting for a few minutes.

Other symptoms might include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Pain or discomfort in the arm or shoulder
  • Heart attack

A heart attack can happen without any previous warning signs or symptoms. You should immediately call 999 if you develop sudden pain in your chest that:

  • Feels tight, heavy or crushing
  • Continues for more than 15 minutes
  • Spreads into the arms, neck, jaw or through to the back
  • Is associated with breathlessness, clamminess, sweating or your heart racing
  • Makes you feel unwell, weak or nauseous

Prompt treatment can prevent heart damage and could save your life.

There are several risk factors that can increase your chance of developing coronary artery disease. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Your age
  • Your family history
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol

Although you can’t control some factors like your age or your family history, a healthy lifestyle can help lower your risk of developing coronary artery disease.

Meet our experts in coronary artery disease

Simon’s story

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My advice to anybody who has had a heart attack is not to simply think that that’s the end. Life can continue on normally afterwards

Simon B - 71, is a dedicated football player. When he had a heart attack, he feared he’d have to quit his favourite game.

Safeguard your future heart health

Are you worried because someone in your family has suffered a premature heart attack? Are you aware of your cholesterol numbers? Whether you are concerned about managing your risk of heart attack or stroke or you just want to ensure you can enjoy your years of retirement, our comprehensive heart assessment plan can help you identify and manage your risk of developing heart disease. London Medical’s world-class cardiac consultants will assess your personal risk for future cardiac disease using the latest tests and techniques in our state-of-the-art imaging suite. The results are used to identify risk factors, evaluate your current heart health and advise you on a treatment plan should you need one.

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