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Coronary heart disease CHD (also known as ischemic heart disease IHD or coronary artery disease CAD), defined as disease of the blood vessels supplying the heart muscle, is the most common type of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in the world.

CHD falls under a group of diseases called cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) which are diseases of the heart and blood vessels and include besides CHD: cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, congenital heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, and others…