Heart disease

Heart disease is a general term that means the heart is not working properly. Sometimes heart disease is present at birth (congenital heart disease), other times, it develops with age. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented by living an active, healthy lifestyle.

Signs of a heart attack

Signs can vary and may be different for men and women. If you experience any of these signs, call   9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately.

More emergency signs

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Living with heart disease

Being diagnosed with heart disease can be difficult for you and your family. Knowing what to expect will help you better deal with the challenges that lie ahead.

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Christina Stuwe
After my baby’s birth, I was told that I might develop diabetes or an issue with sugar when I was older. There was no mention of my heart – nothing.
Christina Stuwe
living with heart disease.
Christina Stuwe

Risk and prevention

Nearly  8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke are preventable. Here are some ways you can  protect your health: