Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S.

But, it is a disease that you can take steps to prevent.

Our University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center specialists work with you to develop a personalized plan that will lower your risk for heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the nation's single leading cause of death for both men and women:

  • 58.8 million: The number of people in this country who suffer from some form of heart disease.
  • 950,000: The number of Americans who die from cardiovascular diseases (the combination of heart disease and stroke)

The good news is that you can take measures today to prevent heart disease. Studies show that nearly everyone can become more heart healthy by following a few key steps, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy body weight. Learn more about our Center for Preventive Cardiology.