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Heart Disease | MedlinePlus

Heart Disease | MedlinePlus

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February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. This week's My MedlinePlus newsletter is dedicated to increasing awareness and prevention of heart disease.
A good place to start is by learning more about the cardiovascular system.

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The primary NIH organization for research on Heart Diseases is theNational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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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 most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery diseaseand happens slowly over time. It's the major reason people have heart attacks.
Other kinds of heart problems may happen to the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease.
You can help reduce your risk of heart disease by taking steps to control factors that put you at greater risk:
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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