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Treating Heart Disease

There is no cure for heart disease, but it can be controlled. Treatment will vary for each particular situation. Everyone diagnosed with heart disease will need to undergo lifestyle changes. Depending on the severity, these may be the only changes a person needs to make. For more serious conditions, treatment may include medications or certain procedures and cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab for short).
The goals of heart disease treatment are to:
(Click Reversing Heart Disease or Treatment for Heart Disease for more information about treatment methods.)


Over time, heart disease can weaken the heart muscle and contribute to:
  • Heart failure. In heart failure, the heart is unable to pump blood to the rest of the body effectively. Heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped or is about to stop working. But it does mean that the heart is failing to pump blood the way that it should.
  • Arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are changes in the normal rhythm of the heartbeats. Some can be quite serious.

Heart Disease in Women

Many women think heart disease is a man's problem. But it is very much a woman's problem -- in fact, heart disease is the number one killer of American women.
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