Coronary heart disease is one of the biggest killers in Scotland. The heart requires a very good blood supply to work effectively. In coronary heart disease, the blood vessels to the heart are narrowed, putting the heart under stress. In the long term this can cause angina, a form of chest pain. When the blood supply to part of the wall of the heart becomes completely blocked, the result is a sudden and potentially fatal heart attack. Factors that can contribute to heart disease include low income, poor housing, poor diet, lack of exercise and health conditions such as diabetes.

First broadcast:
4 March 2004

Students could take a more detailed look at the occurrence of heart disease in Scotland. What are the specific factors contributing to the high incidence? The content can be linked to studies of health and wealth inequalities and health promotion campaigns. If students were to run their own health improvement campaign, what form would it take?