Heart Disease Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments
By Richard N. Fogoros, M.D., About.com Guide
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) / Atherosclerosis
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Heart Valve Disease
- Heart Rhythm Problems
- Syncope (Fainting)
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) / Atherosclerosis
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.
- Coronary Artery Disease Basics
- Atherosclerosis Basics
- Key Symptoms of CAD
- Coronary Artery Anatomy
- Signs of a Heart Attack
- Acute Coronary Syndrome - Unstable Angina
- Diagnosing CAD
- CAD in Women
- Treating CAD - An Overview
- Drugs For Treating Angina
- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
- A Reader Asks For Help In Deciding On CAD Treatment
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.
- Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- The Many Causes of Chest Pain
- Heart Attack - Acute Coronary Syndrome
- How to Survive a Heart Attack
- Post-Heart Attack Checklist
- Sudden Death After Heart Attacks
- Heart Attack Risk Factors
- Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest
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 Failure Basics
- Heart Failure Symptoms
- Typical Heart Failure (Dilated Cardiomyopathy)
- Causes of "Typical" Heart Failure
- Heart Failure Treatment
- Heart Failure Due to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
- Diastolic Dysfunction and Diastolic Heart Failure
- Heart Failure in Women
- Heart Failure Medication
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.
- Mitral Regurgitation
- Transcatheter Aortic valve Replacement (TAVI)
- Rheumatic Heart Disease
- Endocarditis Prophylaxis
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.
- How the Heart Beats
- What Are Cardiac Arrhythmias?
- Heart Palpitations
- Diagnosing Cardiac Arrhythmias
- Sinus Bradycardia
- Sick Sinus Syndrome
- Heart Block
- Bundle Branch Block
- What Is Tachycardia?
- Premature Atrial Complexes (PACs)
- Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
- Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (IST)
- Atrial Fibrillation - An Overview
- Treating Atrial Fibrillation
- Premature Ventricular Complexes (PVCs)
- Ventricular Tachycardia
- Non-sustained Ventricular Tachycardia (NSVT)
- Ventricular Fibrillation
- Cardiac Arrest
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.
- Syncope and Its Causes
- Evaluating the Cause of Syncope
- Vasovagal (Cardioneurogenic) Syncope
- Treating Vasovagal Syncope
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.
- Heart Disease in Women - The Basics
- Heart Disease Risk in Women
- Heart Disease Symptoms in Women
- Coronary Artery Disease in Women
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.
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 Surgery Overview
- Open Heart Bypass Surgery
- Risks and Complications of Heart Surgery
- Mood and Personality Changes After Bypass Surgery
- "Routine" Bypass is Safer in High-Volume Hospitals
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.
- Blood Pressure Drug List
- How to Choose a Hypertension Medication
- Drugs For Treating Cholesterol and Triglycerides
- Drugs For Treating Angina
- Drugs For Cholesterol and Triglycerides