Understanding coronary heart disease

Completely new to coronary heart disease? Or looking to learn more? This section is here to answer all of your questions about your condition and how it is treated.

Understanding CHD

Completely new to coronary heart disease? Or looking to learn more? This section is here to answer all of your questions about your condition and how it is treated.

Basic facts

These pages give an introduction to what coronary heart disease is, how it is diagnosed, and what to do if you have chest pain or you think you’re having a heart attack.

What is CHD?

Key facts about coronary heart disease: what it is, who it affects, what causes it, and what the symptoms are.

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How is it diagnosed?

Outlines the diagnosis process and what you should expect from your appointment.

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FAQs about coronary heart disease

Why do I need to eat healthily? How do I exercise safely? This page answers common questions about heart disease.

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Worried about chest pain?

This page looks at what chest pain could mean and when to seek medical help.

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How should I deal with a heart attack?

Outlines the steps to follow if you think you’re having a heart attack.

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How is it treated?

This section answers common questions about medication and looks at who’s who in your healthcare team.

Medication

An overview of the different kinds of medication for managing heart disease.

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Your healthcare team

Looks at who’s in your healthcare team and the role each person plays.

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Surgery

Going into hospital for surgery can be a daunting prospect, so these pages are here to take you through the whole process: from what to prepare before you go, to how to make your stay comfortable, and how to recover well afterwards.

Before you go into hospital

Before you go to hospital to have heart surgery or heart-related surgery, there are a few things you might want to think about to make your stay more comfortable.

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During your time in hospital

This page gives you an overview of what to expect when you go into hospital for surgery and what questions you might find it useful to ask.

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Recovering in hospital

This page looks at what happens after surgery and having people to visit you in hospital.

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Returning home

Covers cardiac rehabilitation and what the weeks and months after an operation will look like.

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