Heart disease - also called cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease - is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis.
In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. Coronary artery disease can cause a heart attack.
If you're like most people, you think that heart disease is a problem for others. But heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. It is also a major cause of disability. There are many different forms of heart disease.
The NHLBI developed this site for patients, caregivers, and the public to provide science-based, plain-language information related to heart, lung, and blood diseases and conditions and sleep disorders.
Heart disease is a group of conditions affecting the structure and functions of the heart. The four primary conditions that make up heart disease are coronary artery disease, heart attack, congenital heart disease, and rheumatic heart disease.
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