I was told that I have coronary heart disease; what risks does this pose?Frequently, if untreated, coronary heart disease leads to a “heart attack,” also known as a myocardial infarction (an MI), or coronary thrombosis, which is fatal in about 30 percent of cases. About 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year. Hearts damaged by an MI, especially if accompanied by high blood pressure (which is usually called hypertension), can also result in weakened heart muscles and a condition known as congestive heart failure, or CHE Although CHF causes about 50,000 deaths per year, CHD deaths are much more frequent about 500,000 per year.
The coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure varieties of heart disease make up over 95 percent of all the heart disease in the United States. The good news is that both diagnosis and treatment have improved dramatically over the past forty years, and a diagnosis of heart disease is no longer a reason to drop everything and put your affairs in order. Rather, it is a call to mobilize your resources, learn about your condition, and work with your doctors and health professionals to arrest, treat, and, in some cases, reverse the disease.