Heart DiseaseHeart Disease Treatment

Let's Talk About Heart Disease Treatments and Medications

If your heart needs help, try not to worry. Drug therapies, surgeries, and lifestyle changes are tough to beat.

    Our Pro PanelHeart Disease Treatment and Medication

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in heart disease treatment to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Guy Mintz, M.D.

    Guy Mintz, M.D.Director of Cardiovascular Health & Lipidology

    Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital
    Manhasset, NY
    Michael Goyfman M.D., MPH

    Michael Goyfman M.D., MPHDirector of Clinical Cardiology

    Long Island Jewish Forest Hills
    Queens, NY
    David Friedman, M.D.

    David Friedman, M.D.Director of Heart Failure Services

    Northwell Health’s LIJ Valley Stream
    Long Island, NY

    Frequently Asked QuestionsHeart Disease Treatment and Medication

    Is there a cure for heart disease?

    Sometimes. When an underlying condition like an infection has caused heart problems, your heart may return to normal once that condition has been fixed. However, most people who develop heart disease will have it for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, treatments have advanced significantly, as has knowledge of the heart, so there’s more that can be done these days to help you live as close to a normal life as possible.

    Can I prevent heart disease?

    100% yes! Heart disorders often result from a lifetime of poor diet, lack of exercise, and other habits not so friendly to your heart. No matter what your age, you’ll benefit from taking good care of yourself. The earlier you begin, the better able you’ll be to protect your heart as you get older. Some heart disease risk factors, like advancing age, can’t be changed, so focus on all the things you can do that will make a difference.

    How will I know if I have heart disease?

    The symptoms will depend on the type of heart disease you develop. And not all diseases of the heart have symptoms. HBP and sometimes afib, for example, have no noticeable symptoms. That’s why it is so important to see a doctor on a regular basis so you can get evaluated. It’s also critical to learn the signs of a heart attack, a stroke, and other medical emergencies so that you will know what’s happening and seek help immediately.

    How can I get help making heart healthy lifestyle changes?

    You may be eligible for cardiac rehabilitation, a weeks-long medically supervised program that will focus on essentials like teaching you to eat well and providing you with an individualized exercise program tailored to your needs and abilities. Rehab also works with you to develop ways to cope with the stress and other emotional burdens that often accompany heart disease. By addressing your mental health, you’ll be better able to maintain your motivation to care for your physical health. Win-win!

    Matt McMillen

    Matt McMillen

    Matt McMillen has been a freelance health reporter since 2002. In that time he’s covered everything from acupuncture to the Zika virus.