Heart Disease Prevention

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.

What is Heart Disease?

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Heart disease is any disorder that affects the heart's ability to function normally. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease, which is when the coronary arteries become narrowed or blocked. Some people are born with abnormalities (congenital heart disease). Forms of heart disease include:

Heart Disease Can Happen to Anyone

People have many misconceptions about heart disease. One is that heart disease only happens to the elderly. However, according to American Heart Association:

  • Almost 150,000 Americans who die from cardiovascular disease each year are under the age of 65.
  • One out of every 20 people below the age of 40 has heart disease.

It is never too early to begin taking good care of your heart. Let our heart experts help.