Overwhelmed with information? Start here. Learn the facts about how the heart works -- and the causes and risk factors for heart disease.
Where should you start? At this illustrated guide to how the healthy heart works. You need this information to understand heart disease.
You asked. We answer. Here's an easy-to-read, illustrated guide to heart disease.
When you think of heart disease in men, usually people think of coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries leading to the heart) and heart attack. But coronary artery disease is just one of many types of heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women over 40 years old, especially after menopause. And the risk of heart disease in women continues to increase with age.
Most heart attacks are the end result of coronary heart disease, a condition that clogs coronary arteries with fatty, calcified plaques.
Atherosclerosis -- hardening of the arteries -- occurs when your blood vessel walls thicken due to deposits of fat and plaque. This narrowing or blockage of the arteries causes heart disease.
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Heart palpitations are a feeling that your heart is beating too hard or too fast, skipping a beat, or fluttering. Find out when they're a heart disease risk here.
Your doctor may be tracking your homocysteine level. Click here to find out why.
Your doctor may also be tracking your CRP level. Click here to find out why.
This cluster of risk factors increases the risk of heart disease. Read more and see how you can improve your heart health.
Here's where to learn how to deal with heart disease risk factors so you can have the best chance at avoiding heart disease.
Good HDL cholesterol, bad LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol: Here's where to find out what they mean for heart disease, and what you can do about it.
Click here to learn why you need to keep track of your blood pressure -- and how to lower high blood pressure.
What you eat affects your heart. Find out why, and learn the basics of a heart-healthy diet.
In your heart of hearts, you know your heart needs exercise. You're never too old or too out of shape to start exercising. Start by briskly clicking here.
You know it's bad for your lungs. It hurts your heart, too. Don't click your lighter before clicking here.
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