In heart care, doctors evaluate and treat people who have heart disease, often called cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease refers to heart and blood vessel conditions, including coronary artery disease and heart valve disease, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), heart conditions present at birth (congenital heart disease), congestive heart failure and other heart conditions. Heart disease can cause heart attacks, strokes and other complications. Your heart disease often can be treated if you're evaluated early. You may prevent or improve your heart disease if you exercise, eat a healthy diet, quit smoking, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and maintain a healthy weight.

Apr. 11, 2011