Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. It happens when cholesterol and other substances build up in your blood. This buildup can block the flow of blood and cause a heart attack or stroke.
There are three common types of heart disease:
What is quality care for heart disease?
Getting care for heart disease, especially high quality care, is a must. What is high quality care? It’s getting the care you need when you need it. High quality heart care starts with having a doctor who respects you, communicates clearly with you, and involves you in decisions about your care. Quality care is care that works, care that's safe, and care that’s recommended for your condition – in this case, heart disease. This means receiving certain blood tests regularly and getting help managing blood pressure and/or cholesterol if they are too high. If you'd like to learn more about heart disease, visit our heart disease resources page.
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