Heart disease describes a wide range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmia’s); and heart defects you’re born with (congenital heart defects), among others.
The term “heart disease” is often used interchangeably with the term “cardiovascular disease”. Generally speaking, cardiovascular disease refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect the heart muscle, valves or rhythm, are also considered forms of heart disease.
A lot of different kinds of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices.