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How To Prevent Heart Disease: Risks, Symptoms and Treatment Methods

Through lifestyle changes, medications and in some cases, surgery, you can prevent the many forms of heart disease and live a longer, healthier life.

In This Article:

  • Roughly 48 percent of Americans have some type of heart disease, but 80 percent of these conditions are preventable by controlling certain risk factors.
  • If you eat healthy, exercise often, minimize smoking and drinking, practice stress management and get screened regularly, you can prevent most forms of heart disease before they become severe.
  • If lifestyle changes aren’t effective, you may be treated with medication, minor surgery in the form of a stent or, in life-threatening cases, open heart bypass surgery.

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