The Facts About Coronary Artery Disease
Heart disease occurs when the heart muscle does not get enough oxygen rich blood flowing freely to your heart, brain, legs, and every part of your body. Fatty deposits (cholesterol) build up in the arteries over time, making them blocked, or narrowed and rough. When this happens, blood can no longer flow through easily.
When the heart muscle does not get enough blood and oxygen, angina symptoms such as pain in the chest, arm, or neck area may occur. If an artery becomes completely blocked, part of the heart muscle begins to die from lack of oxygen. This is a heart attack.
Learn more about the known risk factors of coronary heart disease. Many risk factors are in your control.
Symptoms of Heart Attacks
Every 34 seconds someone in the United States suffers from a heart attack. The sooner you recognize your symptoms and take proper action, the better.
Heart Disease in Women
Did you know that heart disease is the number-one cause of death among women? Heart disease kills more women each year than all cancers combined, including breast cancer. What you need to know about heart disease in women.
Preventing Heart Disease in Women
How heart healthy are you? Learn how you can lower your risk for heart disease and heart attacks.
Living with Heart Disease
If you have heart disease, you can make healthy choices every day to help you manage your health.