Conditions

What is heart disease?

Heart disease – also called coronary heart disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.

Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat – or arrhythmia – and heart valve problems. To learn more about heart disease and conditions that can lead to heart disease, heart attack or stroke, browse any of the topics below.



Arrhythmia
Learn about several types of arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats. Some need treatment, many do not. Learn the difference.
  Heart Attack
After a heart attack, you can regain your life! Learn about the causes, therapies and treatments for heart attack.
Cardiac Arrest
Cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of heart function and strikes without warning. Know who is at risk and how to improve your odds for health.
Heart Failure
When your heart isn't pumping enough blood, it's a serious but manageable condition. You can live well and reduce your symptoms.
Cardiac Rehab
Advocate for a healthier you! Take an active role after a heart attack or heart disease diagnosis.
Heart Valve Problems and Disease
What happens when a heart valve is not working properly? Equip yourself with knowledge so you can get the right diagnosis and treatment plan.
Cardiomyopathy in Adults
This disease of the heart muscle often goes unrecognized. Knowledge can be a powerful preventative and treatment tool.
High Blood Pressure
Untreated HBP damages and scars your arteries, which can have deadly consequences. Learn how to keep BP in the healthy range.
Cardiovascular Conditions of Childhood
If your child has been diagnosed with a heart condition, you may have lots of questions. Find answers here.
 
HIV and Your Heart
Learn how HIV affects your heart and how to improve your health one change at a time.
Cholesterol
High cholesterol can put you at risk for heart disease or stroke. But you can improve your cholesterol numbers with a sound treatment plan.
Metabolic Syndrome
This group of factors can multiply your risks for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Focused changes can improve your health.
Congenital Heart Defects
Children and adults can be diagnosed with a heart defect occurring at birth. Learn about the types of defects and available treatment options.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
PAD may occur when blood vessels of your legs, arms or torso are narrowed by plaque. Discover treatment and prevention options.
Diabetes
Many diabetes patients fail to realize that heart disease and stroke are their No. 1 enemy. Find resources to help you manage your heart health.
   Stroke
Stroke occurs when a blood vessel either bursts or is blocked. It's the fourth leading cause of death, yet many risk factors are preventable.
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