Ask the Doctors January 2018 Issue

Is Heart Disease Curable?

Steven Nissen, MD Chairman, Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic

Is Heart Disease Curable?

The answer is, not yet, and here’s why. But the progress we’ve made in preventing and treating heart disease is reason to be encouraged.

Every year, billions of dollars are spent studying ways to prevent and treat coronary artery disease (CAD), valve disease and other heart diseases caused by atherosclerosis. Yet heart disease remains the leading killer of men and women in the United States. With so much time and money invested in research, why haven’t we found a way to cure this common problem?

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