The Heart Disease and Stroke Connection

If you have heart disease, you are at risk for stroke. Likewise, those who have suffered a stroke are at risk for heart disease. Learn the similarities and differences between these two related conditions and how to prevent them.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is a condition that results from improper functioning of the heart. This can be the result of genetics, or it may develop over time. There are several types of heart disease. Some affect the structure of the heart, such as the arteries or valves.

  • Adult congenital heart disease
    • Chamber problems
    • Holes in the heart
    • Valve problems
    • Vessel problems
  • Heart valve disorders
    • Regurgitation or leaking
    • Stenosis or narrowing of the valve

Others disrupt the heart's rhythm, like fibrillation, flutter and tachycardia. Regardless of type, heart disease is a condition that should be taken seriously.

Heart disease by the numbers

  • Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. 
  • Each year, more than 375,000 American lives are lost to heart disease.
  • Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. about every 43 seconds.

Although heart disease is the leading cause of death globally, people who are affected can often manage their condition through diet, exercise and meditation.

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Recognize the signs

When you have a heart attack, seconds, minutes and hours make all the difference in your recovery. Learn to recognize the signs of heart attack.

Lower your risk

There are five easy steps you can take today that will make a difference in your risk for heart attack.

Tools and resources

Heart attacks are life-altering. Access information to help you navigate this new territory.