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CHD: Coronary Heart Disease

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Health: Lifestyle and Chronic Diseases

CHD - Definition & Types

  • Coronary heart disease or CHD is a disease which involves coronary arteries which either narrow down or stops functioning properly.
  • Diseases like:
    • Angina Pectoris – develops when blood flow to coronary arteries is restricted resulting in loss of oxygen supply to heart muscle.
    • Acute myocardial infarction (MI) – develops when blood flow is restricted and some heart tissues are destroyed.
    • Sudden heart attack
    • Cardiac arrhythmia
    • Rheumatic heart disease
    • Ischemic heart disease

Causes of CHD

There are several reasons of the development chronic heart conditions, for eg:

  • Non- modifiable factors – status, social mobility, family history, social class, age, gender, family history, ethnicity, lack of social support, etc.
  • Modifiable factors – smoking behaviour, Obesity, sedentary lifestyle, perceived work stress, personality, etc.
  • Cardiac invalidism

Prevalence of CHD

  • Responsible for 33 % of deaths in men.
  • In middle age, death rate is 5 times higher for men than for women.
  • Women show poorer recovery from MI then men.
  • Very common in adults and elderly.
  • 1 out of 4 babies born with heart defect suffer from CHD.
  • 3.8 million Men and 3.4 million women dies of CHD every year.

Role of Psychology in CHD

  • Beliefs – study by French et. Al. (2002)
    • He found out that the respondents had quite complex beliefs about the causes of CHD
  • Psychological impact of CHD – study by Lane et al. (2002)
    • Found out 30.9 % of patients reported elevated depression scores & 26.1 % reported elevated anxiety scores.
    • Study by Johnston et al. (1999 b) evaluated the impact of counsellor on cardiac patients in comparison with normal care.
  • Predicting & changing behavioral risk factors of CHD.
    • For eg: smoking, diet, high blood pressure, type A Behaviour & hostility, Stress, etc.
  • Psychology and Rehabilitation of patients: modifying exercise, modifying type A Behaviour, modifying general lifestyle factors, modifying stress, etc.

Management of Heart Disease: CHD

  • Role of delay
  • Initial treatment
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Treatment by medication
  • Stress management
  • Diet and activity level


Q1. What is a myocardial infarction?

a) Heart failure

b) Heart attack.

Q2. The medical term for chest pain is ________

a) Angina

b) Cardiac Arrest.

Q3. What happens in the Ischemic heart disease? a) The cardiac output is unable to satisfy the need of blood in body b) Blockage of coronary artery

c) Narrowing of coronary arteries d) Both B and C

Q4. Three risk factors for heart disease can՚t be controlled or are non-modifiable? a) Medicine use, vaccines, alcoholism b) Age, sex, heredity c) Diet, drug use, smoking d) None of the above

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