There is a lot you can do to prevent coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
Eating healthy, exercising, keeping your weight down, controlling your blood pressure and quitting smoking are all essential to preventing this condition that causes narrowing of the arteries and increases the risk of heart attack.
If you do have risk factors—and they include family history—you should see a good cardiologist. Yale Medicine provides a full spectrum of clinical cardiovascular care, and our specialists have extensive experience with coronary artery disease. If you need surgery, we have renowned surgeons and the most advanced treatments available.