Self-Care for the Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

Published: August 31, 2017

  • Self-care is defined as a process whereby individuals and their families maintain health through health-promoting behaviors and managing illness.
  • People who engage in self-care maintenance adhere to behaviors needed to maintain physical and emotional stability.
  • This scientific statement describes the importance of self-care for the American Heart Association mission and vision of building lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.