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Coronary artery disease

IschAemic heart disease

A reduction of the heart's blood supply due to atheroma — a fatty substance that builds up in the coronary arteries

About

Coronary artery disease is a major cause of death in the UK and results from the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries by a build-up of atheroma. Coronary artery disease can lead to shortness of breath, angina (chest pain) and myocardial infarction (a heart attack).

Need to know

  • Symptoms of coronary artery disease icon plus

    The two main types of coronary artery disease are angina and a heart attack. An angina is a pain felt mainly in the chest (though it can felt in the left side of the body, back, jaw or arm) and usually occur during exercise or exertion. A heart attack (also known as a myocardial infarction) occurs when one of the heart arteries blocks suddenly and can cause cardiac arrest. The main symptom of a heart attack is chest pain, ranging from discomfort to crushing pain felt in the centre of the chest, radiating up through the jaw and down the left arm. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, sweating, vomiting, dizziness and nausea. If you think you may be having a heart attack, you should call 999 immediately.

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    The build up of fatty substances in your coronary arteries can happen over time. If you're concerned about developing coronary artery disease, our GPs and/or consultants will be able to recommend certain tests and scans to help detect it. If you are diagnosed with coronary heart disease, we have world-class cardiac facilities and expertise to provide you with comprehensive care.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your treatment options always involve lifestyle measures, medication and intervention (angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery) depending on the type of coronary artery disease you have.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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