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: