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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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.

Understanding Cholesterol-lowering Drugs

Keeping cholesterol under control is essential to our health. Doing so may mean taking prescribed medication. We’ve got the scoop on the various treatments and how they work to lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The Ups & Downs of Blood Pressure

Perhaps you have noticed, your blood pressure fluctuates, sometimes by quite a bit, and considering the many warning we have all heart about high blood pressure, those variations may be worrisome. So, are we right to be worried?

Educate, Advocate & Change Your Ways: Living with PAD

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head — most commonly in the arteries of the legs. Survivor Elizabeth Beard shares the wisdom of her experience with PAD.

The Anxiety of Survival: Living in the Wake of a Pulmonary Embolism

Ellie Brady was the picture of health, a wife and mother training for a half marathon. On a nine-mile training run she got out of breath. As the week progressed so did her symptoms — back pain, chest pain, uncontrollable chills — until she could no longer ignore them.

Under Pressure: Understanding Pulmonary Hypertension

Just like those throughout the rest of your body, the blood vessels in the lungs are susceptible to hypertension. Blood pressure in the lungs is a different measurement than blood pressure throughout the rest of the body.
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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.

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.

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.

Not Your Average Heart Attack

Heather Meyer of North Carolina was an athletic, 40-year-old vegetarian getting ready for work when she had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). Life changed after that.

Frank Diaz’s PAD Odyssey, Part 2

In Part One, Frank and Maria had spent the first 18 months of their marriage in and out of the hospital dealing with poor blood flow and lesions that would not heal on his right leg. Read the conclusion of this dramatic story.
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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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Departments

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.