Heart disease develops when the blood vessels (arteries) that carry oxygen-rich blood become damaged or blocked, severely reducing blood flow to the heart.
When the heart does not receive enough blood for an extended period of time, permanent damage to the heart can occur.
Heart disease can be managed
Heart disease is a term that includes many different chronic heart conditions. It develops over time and can affect adults of any age.
By following your treatment plan, there’s a lot you can do to live well. You can manage your condition and work with your doctor to:
Contact us for help
To talk with a nurse, call us at 1-800-392-4247 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also fill out our nurse callback form.
For more health resources, including in-depth information about these conditions:
- Log in to your account at bcbsm.com.
- Click Health & Wellness in the blue bar at the top of the page.
- Click BlueHealthConnection® and choose the Healthy Living tab.