Interventions that focus on prevention and management can help catch serious risk factors and allow people to potentially avoid the complications of advanced heart disease. (Image: Adobe Stock)

Nobody enjoys walking through the glaring white lights of a hospital while their loved one is being rolled into the operating room or cardiac catheterization lab. For the patient and their family, it comes with immense stress, fear, anxiety, missed work, high costs, and the agony of wondering if they will make it through without complications.

For most patients, cardiac procedures are life-saving and the only way to treat certain heart conditions. But in far too many other cases, these costly, invasive, and risky procedures could have been completely avoided by patients through a greater emphasis on preventative care— also saving their families from the anxiety and fear that comes with worrying about their loved ones.

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