Heart Disease 101: Understanding Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Heart disease is a term that’s used to refer to a variety of heart conditions, and several different diseases and conditions can be considered part of heart disease. In the United States, heart diseases are the leading cause of death. It’s likely that, sometime in your life, you or someone you know will be impacted by heart disease, which is just one reason why it’s important to learn more about the risks of heart disease.

Fortunately, different treatments and preventative steps can also help people with heart disease live longer, healthier lives. Get started understanding the basics of heart disease by learning about what it is, how it affects a person’s health and what you can do to lower your risk.