WHAT CAUSES CORONARY HEART DISEASE?
Coronary heart disease is commonly seen when people age and is more common in males than in females. You are more likely to get this disease if you:
- Have smoked or had previously
- Have High blood pressure
- Have High cholesterol
- Have Diabetes
- Have a poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Are older in age
- Are a male
- Have a family history of it
Have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
Symptoms of coronary heart disease can be silent until angina or a heart attack occurs, and therefore many people do not realize they have coronary heart disease.
Through a large body of research, there is strong evidence that cardiac rehabilitation reduces hospital readmissions and death within the first year of a cardiac event in which it also:
- Speeds up recovery
- Reduces risk factors
- Improves fitness levels
- Reduces smoking
- Reduces further hospitalization or cardiac events
- Improves quality of life