What exactly is heart disease and who does it affect? The title “heart disease” is often used interchangeably with cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular heart disease refers to the conditions that involve blood vessels that are narrowed or blocked that lead to heart attack, but the term “heart disease” is not in fact one simple disease. It is the central name that encompasses conditions that affect the heart and its functions. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, killing over 360,000 people annually? It is also the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities across the nation as well. Let’s learn more about the various conditions, who is at risk, how to treat heart disease, and how in home care can positively impact the lives of those living with heart disease.