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
Charles I. Wilmer, MD
Piedmont Heart Institute
How can I reduce my risk of heart disease?
I can reduce my risk of heart disease by reducing the risk factors for heart disease, which include controlling my blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, and exercising. It also includes not smoking or using tobacco products, and following . . .
- Q How can a woman lower her risk for heart disease?
- Q How does high cholesterol cause heart disease?
- Q What are the risk factors for heart disease?
- Q Should I worry about heart disease if I'm under 40?
- Q Can depression worsen my 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 are the symptoms associated with heart disease in women?
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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Getting at least six hours of sleep a night but no more than eight is the "sweet spot" for heart disease prevention, says Dr. Orrange. Too little sleep deprivation makes your blood pressure spike while two much sleep could mean angina or another health problem is interrupting your slumber.
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