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Heart Disease Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments

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Heart disease can affect the heart's valves, the heart's electrical system, the heart muscle itself, and the coronary arteries that feed the heart muscle. The following articles address the symptoms and treatment of various forms of heart disease.
  1. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) / Atherosclerosis
  2. Heart Attack
  3. Heart Failure
  4. Heart Valve Disease
  5. Heart Rhythm Problems
  6. Syncope (Fainting)
  1. Pericardial Disease
  2. Heart Disease in Women
  3. Congenital Heart Disease
  4. Heart Surgery
  5. Heart Problems Caused By Non-Cardiac Disease
  6. Heart Medications

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) / Atherosclerosis

Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease -- the disease of the blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle -- is the most common, and most commonly deadly, form of heart disease. Here are several articles that describe coronary artery disease, the medical conditions it can produce, and how it is diagnosed.

Heart Attack

Heart Attack

How do you know if you're having a heart attack and what actions should you take if you are? Equip yourself with this important information.

Heart Failure

Heart Failure

Heart failure can result from many types of heart conditions, but the symptoms and consequences are almost always grave. Understanding the different types of heart failure, how they're caused, and how they're treated is crucial to living with the condition.

Heart Valve Disease

Heart Valve Disease

If you're diagnosed with heart valve disease, that means the valves that regulate blood flow in the heart are functioning improperly. Learn about the many ways valves can malfunction and what the consequences are.

Heart Rhythm Problems

Heart Rhythm Problems

Most people experience the occasional cardiac arrhythmia, or heart rhythm problem. The significance of the condition can vary tremendously, so it's important to understand which cardiac arrhythmias are dangerous and which ones are more commonplace.

Syncope (Fainting)

Syncope - transient loss of consciousness, or fainting - is a common symptom. While often syncope is benign, it can indicate a serious medical problem, and sometimes is a sign of impending sudden death. These articles will tell you what you need to know.

Pericardial Disease

The pericardium (or pericardial sac) is a protective pouch that surrounds the heart. Several medical conditions can produce disease of the pericardium, and these pericardial diseases can vary in significance from annoying to life-threatening.

Heart Disease in Women

All too many women - and even their doctors - fail to understand that heart disease is the number one killer of women. What's worse, heart disease in women is often different than it is in men. Because doctors may not be looking for heart disease in their female patients, and because when they do look for it they may be looking for the wrong thing, heart disease causes more disability and death in women than it should. Here's what you need to know about heart disease in women.

Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are heart defects, present at birth, involving abnormalities in the structure of the heart and/or great vessels. Heart defects are among the most common birth defects, and they can lead to more complex heart problems later in life. CHD can occur due to a genetic predisposition, an environmental exposure during pregnancy, or just to random chance.

Heart Surgery

Heart Surgery

Do you need heart surgery? Go in knowing what it wil consist of and how it works, plus what you should to to prepare. When you're done here, you'll know your CABG from your MAZE.

Heart Problems Caused By Non-Cardiac Disease

Sometimes heart disease is caused by, or made worse by, non-cardiac medical conditions. Here are some of those heart problems.

Heart Medications

Heart Medication

Almost everyone with heart disease needs to be on one prescription drug or another - and often, on several. Here are some articles that discuss the medications often used to treat - or prevent - heart disease.

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