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About Heart Disease

Heart, or cardiovascular, disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. Research has found that the risk of developing heart disease not only increases with the number of risk factors, but also with the level of severity of each risk factor.

One of the ways you can help prevent heart disease is by knowing your risk factors. But most important to conquering cardiovascular disease is early detection, intervention and treatment. In fact, studies suggest that patients can minimize their risk-and even reverse the negative health effects-of heart disease and related conditions by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program, eliminating tobacco products, and following a routine health care plan.

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Click the following links for access to articles, interactive demos, clinical studies, and more information about cardiovascular disease and related issues.

Understanding Heart Disease »

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. Learn what you can do to keep your own heart healthy.

How the Heart Works

The first step in understanding your condition is a solid grounding in the anatomy of the heart. Here are the basics.

Cardiac Tests and Procedures »

From a chest x-ray to an implantable pacemaker, here's a detailed look at the tools doctors use to help diagnose and treat heart disease.

Heart Conditions and Diseases »

Arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure—find out more about heart problems and what you can do to prevent them.

heart attack

About Heart Attacks »

A heart attack occurs when one or more regions of the heart muscle experience a lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow.

Women and Heart Disease »

Many women believe the stereotype that heart disease is a man's problem. But women are at higher risk for heart disease than breast cancer.

Diabetes and Heart Disease »

Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in people with diabetes. Take steps right now to promote heart health.

Congenital Heart Disease »

A congenital heart defect is a heart problem that is present at birth. The vast majority of congenital heart diseases have no known causes. Some of these problems may be caused by genetics.

Cardiac Rehabilitation »

Your heart needs time to recover from a major trauma like heart attack or heart surgery. A cardiac rehab program can help you get back to normal daily activities.

Managing Heart Disease »

Your specific treatment plan may involve one or more of these areas: monitoring your blood pressure, changing to a healthier diet, getting more exercise, and taking medications.

Preventing Heart Disease »

Making certain lifestyle changes can reduce your risk for heart disease: Stop smoking, start exercising, and limit the saturated fat in your diet.

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