Your Guide to Living Well With Heart Disease


Your Guide to Living Well With Heart Disease


This tool is a step-by-step guide to helping people with heart disease make decisions that will protect and improve their heart health. It provides information about lifestyle habits, medicines, and other treatments that can lessen the chances of having a heart attack.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Heart disease: A wakeup call
  • What is heart disease?
  • Getting tested for heart disease
  • Controlling your risk factors
    • You and your doctor: A healthy partnership
    • Major risk factors
  • What else affects heart disease?
    • Stress
    • Alcohol
    • Sleep apnea
    • Menopausal hormone therapy
    • C-reactive protein
  • Treatments for heart disease
    • Medications
    • Managing angina
    • Procedures
  • Getting help for a heart attack
    • Know the warning signs
    • Get help quickly
    • Plan ahead
  • Recovering well: Life after a heart attack or heart procedure
    • Your first weeks at home
    • Cardiac rehabilitation
    • Getting your life back
    • Coping with your feelings
  • Caring for your heart
  • To learn more


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (U.S.)

Funding Sources:

National Institutes of Health


Release Date: 2005
Original Summary: May 2006
Last Updated: 05/19/08

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