Coronary heart disease (CHD), also known as ischemic heart disease (IHD), is a group of diseases that includes: stable angina, unstable angina, myocardial infarction, and sudden cardiac death. It is within the broader group of cardiovascular diseases, of which it is the most common. A typical symptom is chest pain or discomfort which may travel into the shoulder, arm, back, neck, or jaw. Occasionally it may feel like heartburn. Usually symptoms occur with exercise or emotional stress, last less than a few minutes, and get better with rest. Shortness of breath may also occur and sometimes no symptoms are present. The first sign for some is often a heart attack. Other complications include heart failure or an irregular heartbeat.
TCM Practitioner Zheng Chen believes that the cause of coronary heart disease is directly related to heredity, diet, and lifestyle. We have treated some coronary heart disease patients who have done heart bypass and a variety of cardiac surgeries, as well as taking prescription drugs, such as hemorheologic agents, blood pressure reducers, cholesterol lowerers, etc. Coronary heart disease is definitely not a “single cause” problem, and to treat it requires looking at the entire system. To improve coronary heart disease, we must also deal with the related conditions of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. This is a very complex condition to diagnose, and we require patients to cooperate to reach a successful conclusion. We have treated patients with both simple and complicated coronary heart conditions, such as for example diabetes patients with coronary heart disease, rheumatic arthritis patients with coronary heart disease, and inherited coronary heart disease. Patients can usually see results in two weeks and will also notice the improvement in the reduction of chest pain, better sleep, and a more alert mental state.