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About Heart Disease

Heart disease includes a number of conditions affecting the structures and function of the heart, including:

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The Dangers of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. In Anne Arundel County, the heart disease rate exceeds both the state and national average, and cardiovascular patients are becoming younger each year. In 2009, the average age of heart disease patients at Anne Arundel Medical Center was 70. In 2012, the average age had lowered to just 60. It is our mission to help stop this growing trend.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

There are several risk factors for cardiovascular disease that are uncontrollable, including:

However, there are also several heart disease risk factors that are within your control, including:

Making changes in your lifestyle-such as quitting smoking, eating a heart-healthy diet, and staying active-can help you reduce your risk of heart disease.

Types of Heart Disease

Many of the problems associated with cardiovascular disease are related to coronary artery disease, also called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Other common types of heart disease include:

Heart Disease is Treatable
The Heart Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center is here to help. To get started, find a cardiologist now.

Source: American Heart Association

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