The heart is a sophisticated arrangement of muscles and, like any muscle tissue, needs oxygen and nutrients to function. Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the blood vessels that supply oxygen and other nutrients to the heart muscle – the coronary arteries – become clogged, stiff and narrowed. This can make it hard for your heart muscle to get an adequate amount of oxygen-rich blood and you may typically feel a pain in your chest when you’re exerting yourself, such as during exercise. This chest pain is one of a group of symptoms known as angina.
The ‘Guide to Positively Managing Coronary Artery Disease and Angina’ has information on CAD and offers information on what CAD and angina are, as well as practical advice on how to reduce their impact and look after your health.
'The Coronary Artery Disease Action Plan' is designed to help you manage your condition in consultation with your. You can record important information such as your medicines and other management regimens, monitor your symptoms and review how well your lifestyle changes are working.