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A-level PE - Unit 1: Participation in Sport and Recreation: Coronary Heart Disease

Resources to support A-level PE, Unit 1

Book in the Senior Library

Causes of Coronary Heart Disease

What causes coronary heart disease?

heart illustration
Your heart is a pump the size of a fist that sends blood around the body

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is arguably the the UK's biggest killer. CHD develops when the blood supply to the muscles and tissues of the heart becomes obstructed by the build-up of fatty materials inside the walls of the coronary arteries.

What is coronary heart disease?

Your heart is a pump the size of a fist that sends oxygen-rich blood around your body. The blood travels to the organs of your body through blood vessels known as arteries, and returns to the heart through veins.

Coronary Heart Disease Videos

Coronary Artery (Heart) Disease

Risking it - What are the risk factors for Heart Disease?

Coronary Heart Disease: Treatment and Symptoms

Coronary Heart Disease Risk Assessment


Use the interactive calculator below to determine your 10-year risk of developing heart disease. Your 10-year risk factor will appear in the box next to the  in the grid.