What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, is a general name for a wide variety of diseases, disorders and conditions that affect the heart muscle, blood vessels, heart valves, and heartbeats. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Read more about heart diseases ›

Who Gets Heart Disease?

When all is right, the heart is a finely tuned instrument. But many things can go wrong inside and around the heart. There are conditions that put the arteries supplying the heart, the valves between the chambers, the electrical system, and the strength of the muscle at risk. A person can have a genetic susceptibility for heart disease, other medical conditions, and a poor lifestyle that put their heart in danger. But how do you know if you are at risk?

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What Happens in Coronary Heart Disease?

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Blood vessels that bring nourishment and oxygen to the heart muscle can become narrowed or blocked with fatty plaque or blood clots. Starving the heart of blood causes the tissue to die and this heart damage is the reason why you can have a heart attack.

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Mild and Massive Heart Attacks: What’s the Difference?

You often hear people referring to a heart attack by its severity. Whether it is a mild heart attack or a massive one, a heart attack is always serious. The naming comes from the extent of heart muscle damage.

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Heart Disease and Diabetes: What's the Connection?

The link between diabetes and heart disease is complex, but it is clear that the two are intertwined. We know this because people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have a much higher risk for heart attack than people without the disease. If you have diabetes, the critical piece is to manage uncontrolled glucose levels and reduce your risk.

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First Aid for a Heart Attack: What Should You Do?

If someone is having a heart attack, it is critical that they get medical attention without delay so lifesaving measures can begin as soon as possible. With no time to waste, what should you do? There are a few good actions you can take to greatly lower the chances of serious heart damage or even death.

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Your Guide to Heart Disease

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When the heart muscle's blood supply is cut off, heart muscle cells fail to get enough oxygen and begin to die. What is this called?