Features November 2015 Issue

Are You and Your Cardiologist Speaking the Same Language?

Are You and Your Cardiologist Speaking the Same Language?

Make sure you understand the words and phrases your doctor uses when discussing

Coronary heart disease (CHD)/coronary artery disease (CAD): You may hear these terms used interchangeably. And in many respects, there isnít a great difference between them. They both refer to a narrowing of the heartís arteries caused by plaque buildup. You might think of CHD as the result of CAD. CAD could be viewed as the long-term process of plaque forming in your coronary arteries, while CHD is a condition that results from years of plaque buildup.

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