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Heart health

Heart Health Glossary

Use this glossary from the National Institute on Aging to understand terms related to heart disease, heart attacks, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
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What Is a Heart Attack?

What is a heart attack? Know the symptoms—chest or upper-body pain, nausea, and more—and what to do in this emergency. Call 9-1-1 right away!
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What Is Heart Failure?

Heart failure is a serious, common condition caused by other diseases or conditions that damage the heart muscle. Learn what happens during heart failure.
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Heart Health and Aging

Find out how your heart works and how the heart and blood vessels change with age. Read about what heart disease is, and get some tips on how to prevent it.
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Heart Health

Read about changes to the heart and blood vessels that occur as people age. Learn how to know if you are having a heart attack and how to prevent heart disease through lifestyle changes.
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