Coronary heart disease causes heart attacks. It occurs when blockages build up inside the coronary arteries. Blockages begin to build up inside our coronary arteries during childhood. As we age, the blockages progressively get worse and ultimately may trigger a heart attack or sudden death.
There is currently no cure for coronary heart disease – neither medication, nor angioplasty, nor bypass surgery can cure this disease. If you have coronary heart disease, it is likely to get worse unless you do something to change or manage certain conditions or behaviors, called risk factors.
But there is good news! One of the most exciting discoveries in medicine in recent years is that it is possible to slow down the build-up of blockages inside coronary arteries. It is even possible to cause existing blockages to be partially removed. This process is called reversal of coronary heart disease and it results from risk factor modification.
The behavior change principles used in the Heart Institute Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre (HIPRC) programs were first used with coronary heart disease patients to prevent future heart problems or reverse the progression of their heart disease. The HIPRC gives these patients a second chance.
But, it is too bad people have to suffer the pain, burden, and expense of coronary heart disease when it can often be prevented in the first place. The same principles that have been proven effective in people with coronary heart disease are even more effective for people who are basically healthy and want to stay that way.
The goal of HIPRC is to prevent the build-up of blockages in the coronary arteries and to cause reversal of coronary heart disease. And, the practices recommended by HIPRC also help reduce the risks for other chronic diseases, including strokes, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some types of cancer and lung disease.
|· Stop smoking
· Control blood pressure
· Control cholesterol and triglycerides
· Exercise regularly
· Eat healthy
· Manage weight
· Control diabetes
· Manage stress
· Take vitamins as appropriate
· Take medications as appropriate
Prevention and Reversal of Blockages in Coronary Arteries
|· Reduced risk for heart attacks
· Reduced risk for angina
· Reduced risk for heart surgery
· Reduced risk for heart failure
· Reduced risk for stroke
· Improved quality of life
· Reduced medical expenses
· Increased longevity
This series of educational kits –“Preventing and Reversing Coronary Heart Disease” – are coordinated with other HIPRC kits on exercise, nutrition, weight management, stress management, and other health promotion topics. Topics in this series include:
- Understanding Coronary Heart Disease
- Understanding Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease