Heart disease can be present at birth, develop gradually over many years, or happen suddenly and unexpectedly. For most types of heart disease, there are several treatment options available. Treatment can broadly be classified into medicines, devices and surgical procedures, and lifestyle changes. Often different types of treatments are combined.

You can read more about common heart medication by downloading this information booklet from the British Heart Foundation Discuss any concerns about heart medication with your doctor or pharmacist. Do not stop any prescription medication unless instructed do to do. Remember medication only works when you take it! Some common examples include: Watch a visual explanation of common heart disease treatments from the American Heart Association.

Lifestyle changes

Up to 80% of heart diseases occur before the age of 65 years can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle. Living healthy can even help to treat many cases of existing heart conditions such as heart failure, atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Find out more about the causes of heart disease and living healthy Ask your doctor how healthy living can improve your heart condition. Phone our health line to talk to someone about healthy living.