Heart Disease Home > Information on Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States. It is caused by a buildup of fatty deposits (plaque) in the arteries. When the coronary arteries are sufficiently clogged, not as much blood can flow to the heart. This could lead to symptoms such as:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Abnormal heartbeats.
It often takes years for symptoms to appear. Over time, heart disease can also weaken the heart muscle and contribute to heart failure and arrhythmias.
While there is no cure, heart disease can be controlled with medications and lifestyle changes, such as:
- Quitting smoking (if you smoke)
- Reducing stress
- Eating a heart-healthy diet.
(Click Heart Disease for more information, including details on the factors that increase your risk for this serious condition.)