Conditions

There are many types of cardiovascular conditions. Millions of people are managing one or more. Here we feature articles with insights from health experts as well as patients and their families along with great guidance and resources for managing conditions. 

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A Closer Look at Cholesterol Medication Myths

Cholesterol-lowering medications has been thoroughly studied and proven to reduce heart disease risk. Yet, misconceptions persist. Taking a look at some of the myths and why they’re not true.

What Should My Cholesterol Goals Be?

If you care about your risk for heart disease and stroke, you should understand cholesterol’s role in heart health. How does one go about setting goals to keep their cholesterol levels from putting them at risk?

When Protein Origami Goes Wrong

Understanding ATTR-CM, an underdiagnosed and previously untreatable cause of heart failure.

Familial High Cholesterol & Pregnancy

Women with familial high cholesterol can typically conceive, carry to term and breastfeed – but there are still important things to consider.

Traveling with Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that requires management, which can become a challenge when traveling. Our experts offer some tips on traveling by air or car.

Dealing with Feelings

PAD is a chronic condition without a cure, just the kind of disease guaranteed to create a lot of emotions. In Part 3 of three-part series, we talked with psychotherapist Barry Jacobs about the emotions of living with PAD.

The Advanced Stages of PAD

In this second part of a three-part series on PAD, we explore risk factors, symptoms and treatments for advanced peripheral artery disease.

Hidden Dangers of Undiagnosed Diabetes

Adults with diabetes are two to four rimes more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes – but there are 7.6 million adults in the U.S. with undiagnosed diabetes. And as it goes undiagnosed, it’s doing damage to the body.

Strong Survivor

Around 2008, a visit to a cardiologist produced a wait-and-see diagnosis. The doctor didn’t say anything more about it, and Susan didn’t ask. She had no idea that a murmur was connected to valve disease.

The Early Stages of Peripheral Artery Disease

PAD is a progressive disease that can limit circulation to the limbs, organs and brain. Left untreated, serious consequences like infections – even the need for amputation – may result. Early diagnosis can make a big difference.
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Waiting Watchfully

Mark Ridder found out he had a heart murmur at age 14. He didn’t have a diagnosis — bicuspid aortic valve stenosis — till he was 42. It didn’t get fixed till he was 60.

Learning the Hard Way

Poppy Sundeen knew her mother had heart problems, but she never considered the sore on her leg was a clue. She learned about peripheral artery disease (PAD) the hard way.

A Stroke at 25

At the age of 25, I had a hemorrhagic stroke. I was helping a church member move that morning. I was told to always expect the unexpected, but I had no idea that life would throw me such a surprise.

Through Thick & Thin

Buffy Gilfoil spent the better part of a decade trying to get to a normal heart rhythm after her AFib diagnosis. She shares insights and lessons from the ups and downs of her journey through multiple treatments.

Living Differently

I used to think I was making the most of life. I was an athlete and a bodybuilder. Outside of the gym, I was on the up-and-up in my career. By all accounts, I was successful. Then my heart failed me … literally.
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Resources For Patients & Families

Answers By Heart

Answers by Heart is a series of downloadable patient information sheets presented in a question-and-answer format that's brief, easy to follow and easy to read. They also provide room for you to write down questions to ask your doctor.

Check. Change. Control.® Tracker for Blood Pressure

Check. Change. Control.® uses self-monitoring and tracking of blood pressure readings at home to help you achieve and maintain a healthy heart. Sign up today to start managing your heart health!

Glossary of Heart Disease

The term 'heart disease' is often used - but there are many types of disease that come under this category. This companion piece to "The Heart of a Woman" in our Spring 2015 issue provides a list of some of the most common conditions in the heart disease spectrum.

My Life Check

My Life Check® was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health for all Americans. Any person can make these changes and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. Know your heart score.

Patient & Family Support Network

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has created an online community called the Support Network. The goal is to connect people living with heart disease and stroke with others who are going through similar journeys.

Stroke Connection Magazine

For over 20 years Stroke Connection has been the award-winning voice of support, information and inspiration for a vast community of stroke survivors and their families. Now offered exclusively as a digital publication, it's available virtually everywhere.

Watch, Learn & Live Video Library

Here you'll find informative illustrations and animations about a variety of conditions, treatments and procedures related to heart disease and stroke.
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Heart News

Heart health news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Heartfelt

Articles, poems and art submitted by heart disease survivors and their loved ones.

Life's Simple 7

Improving your health is as easy as minding seven simple health factors and behaviors. Tips and information to help you improve your health and enhance your quality of life.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These heart patients, their loved ones and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.