Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death both in the UK and worldwide.
It is responsible for around 73,000 deaths in the UK each year. About 1 in 6 men and 1 in 10 women die from CHD.
In the UK, there are an estimated 2.3 million people living with the condition and around 2 million people affected by angina (the most common symptom of coronary heart disease).
CHD generally affects more men than women, but from the age of 50 the chances of developing the condition are similar for both men and women.
As well as angina (chest pain), the main symptoms of CHD are heart attacks and heart failure. However, not everyone has the same symptoms and some people may not have any before CHD is diagnosed.
CHD is sometimes called ischaemic heart disease.
Read more about the symptoms of coronary heart disease.
Patients diagnosed with CHD are invited by letter to an annual check-up. Two weeks prior to the clinic, you will be asked to arange a blood test. You will also be asked to bring a urine sample with you. At the clinic, your weight and BMI are calculated; your blood pressure will be taken; your blood results will be discussed with you and the implications if the cholesterol is found to be high, e.g. commencement of statin therapy; and general lifestyle questions will be asked regarding diet, alcohol, exercise, smoking, etc. You will be asked about your medication, e.g. blood thinning agents such as aspirin or clopidogrel and your urine sample will be tested and the results discussed.