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A 37-year-old male asked:

Is there a difference between coronary heart disease and coronary artery disease and what are the symptoms of each and how can they be tested for?

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Dr. Gregory Roberts
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
Same: Heart disease & coronary disease are the same. Fried foods, saturated fats, trams fats, sedentary lifestyle, tobacco use (not marijuana per se), diabetes, hypertension and, distantly, family Hx all collude to create atherosclerosis.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How do coronary artery spasms relate to coronary heart disease?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Prinzmetal angina.: Spasm can happen in any blood vessel including the coronaries. The inner lining of the arteries have ability to produce a relaxing factor now known to be nitric oxide. However, diseased arteries have dysfunctional inner lining cells that can't make the relaxing factor and thus can present with spasm also known as prinzmetal angina.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How are coronary heart disease and coronary artery disease different?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Heart disease: Coronary heart disease is caused by coronary artery disease.
A 26-year-old member asked:

How can coronary artery disease affect the heart?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Multiple ways: Coronary artery disease can cause symptoms, heart damage, or death. Symptoms include chest pain or shortness of breath. Heart damage is typically do to myocardial infarction (heart attack). Death can be due to heart failure, heart attack, or lethal arrhythmia.

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