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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a heart problem, you may be feeling worried, overwhelmed or anxious.
Sometimes, understanding your heart problem and knowing the facts can help you come to terms with it and help you feel less worried.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a term used to describe a number of different heart conditions and problems.

Heart disease – also called cardiovascular disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque build-up in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis.
As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.

Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat – or arrhythmia – and heart valve problems.
To learn more about heart disease and conditions that can lead to heart attack or stroke, browse any of the cardiovascular conditions within this section

 

1 in 4 of all South African women will die because of heart complications, I Think Red for South African women.

Uyanda Mbuli
Feb 2012