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Heart disease

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a general term that means the heart is not working properly. Some forms of heart disease are present at birth (congenital heart disease), while others develop as we age. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented by living an active, healthy lifestyle. Read more

Signs of a heart attack

Signs can vary and may be different for men and women. If you experience any of these signs, call   9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately.

  • Chest discomfort

    Chest discomfort

    Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness.

  • Sweating


  • Upper body discomfort

    Upper body discomfort

    Neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back

  • Nausea


  • Shortness of breath

    Shortness of breath

  • Light-headedness


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Living with heart disease

Being diagnosed with heart disease can be difficult for you and your family. Knowing what to expect will help you better deal with the challenges that lie ahead.

Worried about your risk?

Learn your risk and how to lower it 

Risk & prevention

Close to 8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke are preventable. What steps can you take to protect your health? Learn more