Skip to main content
I Want To...
Find a Provider
Find a Pharmacy
Change My PCP
Request a Member ID Card
See FAQ
Contact GlobalHealth
Sign Up for Emails
Have an Agent Contact Me

A salesperson will call.

Heart Conditions

Heart disease refers to various types of conditions that can affect heart function. There are many different types including coronary artery disease, heart valve conditions, abnormal heart rhythms, and heart failure as well as congenital diseases.

Other Conditions Related to Heart Disease

Causes

Smoking, poor diet and exercise habits, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are major contributors to the disease.

Preventing Heart Disease: Healthy Living Habits

Heart Disease Quiz

Risks

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Ethnicity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

Symptoms

Chest pain is the most common symptom, but there are other symptoms that may indicate heart disease.  Some people have shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats, faster heartbeat, weakness, dizziness, nausea, sweating, or fatigue.

Remember, men and women typically experience different symptoms.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease

Diagnosis

Your doctor will start with an exam and discussion of your symptoms and family history.

Your doctor may refer you for one or more tests such as a stress test, echocardiogram, or cardiac catherization for example.

Heart Health Tests

Treatment

Treatment will depend on what type of heart disease you have.  It may include medication, cardiac rehabilitation, bypass surgery, valve replacement, or pacemaker placement.

Managing Your Condition

One of the most important parts of your treatment plan is how you take care of yourself.  Low-fat, low-sodium diet, exercise, and not smoking are critical.

Living Well with Heart Disease

Additional resources