What is heart (cardiovascular) disease?

Heart disease — also called cardiovascular disease — includes numerous health conditions, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition that develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. Plaque is made up of fats, proteins, and other substances in the blood. Plaque buildup not only […]

How common is heart disease?

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. and worldwide.1 Almost half of the American population has some form of heart disease, which includes a range of conditions affecting the heart (see details below). In 2016, cardiovascular disease (CVD) was listed as the underlying cause of death for […]

Can I reduce my risk of developing heart disease?

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., and 80% of heart disease is preventable!* So the answer is yes, you can reduce your risk for developing heart disease. The first step in reducing your risk of heart disease is to understand your risk factors. There are […]

Why should I have health screenings done if I have no symptoms?

Many people are at risk for diseases such as stroke and heart disease but experience no symptoms. Early detection and control can prevent major consequences down the road. For example, a transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a major warning sign for a full-blown stroke, but only about 15-20% of people who have a stroke have […]

What is an Annual Wellness Visit?

If you are age 65 or older, the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is a benefit you’ve earned! Medicare encourages this annual visit with a health provider as a valuable step to keep you active and independent for as long as possible. And, if you have traditional Medicare (also called Medicare Part B), the cost of […]