Heart Disease
Learning to Live With Heart Disease

Learning to Live With Heart Disease

Millions of people diagnosed with heart disease enjoy active, satisfying lives. Instead of looking on their diagnoses as sentences to be invalids, they have used them as catalysts to make positive changes in their lives. More

The Heart Institute at The Medical Center
The Heart Institute offers the region’s only comprehensive cardiac program. From diagnosis and emergency intervention to surgery and rehabilitation, The Heart Institute allows residents of Southcentral Kentucky to stay close to home for quality cardiac care.

Your Guide to Heart Disease Prevention and Management
Understanding Heart Disease
Coronary artery disease starts when the lining of a coronary artery is damaged. Having one or more risk factors can speed up this damage and lead to a clogged artery. The result can be a heart attack or sudden death.

The Medical Center Cardiopulmonary Rehab
Cardiopulmonary Rehab can help you live a healthier life and reduce your risk for future health problems through exercise, education, and counseling.
Preventing Heart Disease
Coronary artery disease is common. Yet its effects can be devastating, causing strokes, heart attacks and death. The good news is that you can take steps to protect yourself.
Managing Heart Disease
If you have heart disease, it’s not too late to make a difference. By managing your risk factors and taking your meds, you can reduce your changes of future problems.
Warning Signs
Even if you keep your risk factors for heart disease under control, you should still be aware of the signs and symptoms of heart attack.
Coronary Artery Procedures
There are common procedures to pinpoint and treat coronary artery disease.
Living with Heart Disease
By obtaining appropriate medical care and making changes in your lifestyle, you can learn to live life to the fullest despite your condition.
Women and Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, more women die of problems related to heart disease than of all types of cancer combined.
Diabetes and Heart Disease
If you have diabetes, you are two to four times more likely to have heart disease than someone without diabetes.
Other Heart Problems
Other common types of heart disease include heart failure, valve disease, cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmias.
Know Your Risks

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women. Determine your risk for developing CAD using this assessment tool.