Heart Disease

The heart is one of the most vital organs. Learn about how to care for it with our articles on heart disease causes, signs and prevention.

My “Shortness of Breath” Turned Out to Be Chronic Heart Failure

This woman thought her symptoms were simply from asthma and allergies. Her doctor even agreed. Then, she took a turn for the worse.

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My High Cholesterol Caused a Rare Type of Heart Attack Days After I Gave Birth

She was young, fit, and healthy. But eight days after giving birth, she had a rare type of heart attack...


This Man’s “Cold” Turned Out to Be a Massive Heart Attack

Not everyone gets chest pain and numb arms with a heart attack. Ed thought all he needed was some decongestant...


How to Use an AED: The Device That Saved My Life

A bystander's fast action with an automated external defibrillator, or AED, saved Danny Berger's life after he went into sudden...


What It Means When Your Heart Skips a Beat—and 9 Things That Cause It

Just about anything could make your heart skip a beat, but doctors gave us the most common reasons.

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My Doctor Told Me Not To Worry About My High Cholesterol—and I Ended Up Needing a Quadruple Bypass

Here's how one woman found a treatment for her genetic high cholesterol after a healthy lifestyle, statins, and a...


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What Cholesterol Levels Mean and Why They Matter

Your cholesterol levels are a key indicator of your risk of heart disease. Here's all the information you need...

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A Cancer Diagnosis Changed How I Deal With My High Cholesterol

Both medication and lifestyle changes can be vital tools for managing high cholesterol, and you don't have to be...


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My Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Led to a Heart Attack at 43. Here’s What Saved My Life

People with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop—and die from—heart disease. Here's how one woman with...


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My Doctor Told Me I’d Never Lower My Cholesterol Naturally—I Proved Her Wrong

After his doctor told him he couldn't lower his cholesterol without medication, Andrew Wyant vowed to prove her wrong....


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9 Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol

These natural ways to lower cholesterol will go a long way toward keeping your heart healthy.

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HDL vs. LDL Cholesterol: What’s the Difference?

Cholesterol gets a bad rap, but not all forms raise your risk for heart disease. Here's what to know about...


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This Chart Shows Healthy Cholesterol Levels by Age

You can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks by controlling cholesterol. Use this chart to find...


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I Had High Cholesterol at 8 Years Old, and Now My Son Has it Too

One in five kids in the United States have high cholesterol, setting them up for a higher heart...


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4 Signs of High Cholesterol You Should Know About

High cholesterol usually doesn't cause obvious symptoms. However, here are some possible signs of high cholesterol (including some on...


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The Truth About the Cholesterol in Eggs

Are eggs bad for your cholesterol? The guidelines have changed over the years, so for many of us,...

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What Is Saturated Fat?

When it comes to nutrition, saturated fats are still considered relatively unhealthy fats. But if you are cutting back,...


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20 Foods With Healthy Fats You Should Definitely Be Eating

Forget the low-fat mania of decades past. Experts now know that healthy fats protect your heart. Learn what they are,...


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I Almost Died From a Heart Attack Because of a Little-Known Type of Cholesterol

With a total cholesterol level in the healthy range, one man thought he was OK—until he almost died of...


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Trans Fat vs. Saturated Fat: What’s the Difference?

Trans fats and saturated fats can have negative health consequences, but they are not the same thing. And unlike...


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7 Ways to Boost Good Cholesterol if Your HDL Level is Low

HDL cholesterol is the "good" stuff, which benefits heart health. Here's how to increase it.


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What Is Cholesterol?

Different types of cholesterol aren't inherently good or bad. But too much or too little of the wrong kind...


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8 Things You Can Do to Lower Your LDL Cholesterol

Heart disease is a leading cause of death, and high cholesterol plays a big role. Here's how to


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My Breast Lump Wasn’t Cancer—It Was a Sign of High Cholesterol

After discovering breast lumps, Kris Olsen thought she was in for a cancer diagnosis. Instead, her doctor diagnosed her...

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This is Why You Should Avoid Grapefruit While on Certain Statins

Taking a statin to lower your cholesterol? You've probably been warned about consuming grapefruit while taking cholesterol-lowering drugs.


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What Is a Ventricular Arrhythmia? Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments

A ventricular arrhythmia is a rapid heartbeat that originates in the heart's lower chamber and can be life-threatening. Here's...


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What to Know About Sinus Arrhythmias, a Type of Irregular Heartbeat

A sinus arrhythmia—an irregular heartbeat—is often nothing to worry about, but here's when it may be a sign of something...


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What Are Heart Arrhythmias? Symptoms, Risk, and Treatments for Irregular Heartbeats

If your heart beats too fast, too slowly, or has an irregular rhythm, you may have an arrhythmia.


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Why Does Heart Failure Cause Swollen Feet?

The heart and feet are nowhere near each other, so what is the connection between heart failure and


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What Are Treatments for Heart Failure?

Heart failure is a chronic condition that can be treated with lifestyle changes, medication, and more. Here are the cardiologist-recommended...