What Is Heart Disease?
Heart disease, sometimes called cardiovascular disease, is a term that covers a wide variety of conditions that make it harder for your heart to perform its life-sustaining function. The most common forms of heart disease include coronary artery disease (CAD), congestive heart failure and stroke. Learn about these conditions, as well as ways to keep your ticker strong for a long, healthy life.
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Heart Disease Q&As
How does family history affect my risk for heart disease?
Heart disease is hereditary in certain groups of patients. Generally, if a man has a heart attack before the age of 45, or a woman before the age of 55, that person’s children . . .
- Q How can a woman lower her risk for heart disease?
- Q How dangerous is heart disease for women?
- Q What are the risk factors for heart disease?
- Q Should I worry about heart disease if I'm under 40?
- Q How can I reduce my risk of heart disease?
- Q Is it safe for people with heart disease to exercise?
- Q What kinds of exercise can help prevent heart disease?
- Q Can changing my diet help prevent heart disease?
- Q How can poor sleep cause heart disease?
- Q What can I do to prevent heart disease as I age?
Heart Disease Action Plans
If you've been diagnosed with heart disease or you're concerned you might be at risk, follow these action plans for heart health.
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Diet and Nutrition
7 Best Foods for Your Heart
Eating for heart health isn't just about skipping french fries. Just as important is what's on your plate. Find out which foods help maintain a healthy heart.
4 Ways A Woman's Heart Differs from a Man's Heart
While chest pain is the most common heart attack symptom for both sexes, there are four key differences in how heart disease presents, is diagnosed and is treated in women.