CHD, a significant cause of poor health, is an avoidable disease, killing more than 6,000 people in the Highlands each year. The disease occurs when the blood vessels in the heart start to narrow or become clogged and are no longer capable of supplying an adequate supply of blood to one of our major organs, the heart. This causes the person to have a heart attack, angina or chest pain. n this article, we take a look at trends, possible causes and contributing factors, and health interventions.
Even though the overall death rates from CHD have declined since the 1970's in the Highlands, mortality and morbidity due to heart failure is on the rise and carries an even worse diagnosis compared to cancers. The overall quality of a person's life is significantly affected and declines rapidly with an increase in the seriousness of the condition.