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What Are the Key Symptoms of Heart Disease?
Chest pain, fainting, fatigue, dizziness and heart palpitations are common symptoms associated with several types of heart disease.
Could You Be Having A Heart Attack? How To...
The most important step in surviving a heart attack is to recognize when you might be having one. Here is what to look for, and what to do about it.
The 9 Most Common Causes of Chest Wall Pain
Chest wall - or musculoskeletal chest pain - is a common cause of chest pain, and can be produced by several different medical conditions
The Cardiac Symptoms That Every Woman Needs to...
Cardiac symptoms in women are very often not the same as in men - or as in the medical textbooks. Here's what you need to know.
The Facts About Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common heart rhythm disorders, especially among older adults.
Your Complete Guide to Hypertension Drugs
Here is a list of the drugs commonly used for treating hypertension (high blood pressure), with links to drug information.
How to Raise Your HDL Levels With Diet and Drugs
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What is a STEMI Heart Attack?
A STEMI - ST segment elevation myocardial infarction - occurs when a coronary artery is totally occluded by a blood clot.
Why Are Some Heart Attacks ‘Silent?’
Heart attacks, or myocardial infarctions, can occur without causing apparent symptoms, but they are no less dangerous than
What You Should Know About Heart Palpitations
When your heartbeat feels unusually strong, rapid, or skips, it's known as palpitations. Read how palpitations should be evaluated.
What Does It Mean to Have a Left Bundle Branch...
Left Bundle Branch Block (LBBB) is an abnormal finding on the electrocardiogram that often indicates underlying heart disease.
What Are the Best Treatments for Atrial...
Find out about the two basic approaches to the treatment of atrial fibrillation and what to consider when choosing the right treatment.
The Common Symptoms of Heart Failure
Symptoms of heart failure are usually due to pulmonary congestion, poor cardiac pumping function or cardiac arrhythmias.
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome - POTS
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, POTS, is a disorder which causes palpitations, dizziness, and other symptoms while standing upright.
Everything You Need to Know About Heart Failure
If you have been told you have heart failure, learning all you can about this condition is the best thing you can to to help yourself.
An Overvies of Cardiac Arrhythmias
A general overview of cardiac arrhythmias, or heart rhythm problems - extra heart beats, the bradycardias, and the tachycardias.
Could Your Chest Pain Signify a Bigger Problem?
Chest pain is always an important symptom which has many potential causes. Here are the most common causes of chest pain.
What You Should Know About Cholesterol and...
Cholesterol and triglycerides are both necessary for life itself. But when the blood levels are too high, your cardiac risk is significantly increased.
What Is NSTEMI? (Non-ST Segment Elevation...
NSTEMI - is a form of Acute Coronary Syndrome, identical to unstable angina, except that cardiac enzymes are elevated.
How Is Ablation Therapy Used to Treat Atrial...
Ablation therapy is a reasonable option for some people with atrial fibrillation, but the success rates and complications must be carefully considered
Coughing and Heart Failure
Coughing can be an important symptom of heart failure
How an RBBB Affects Your Health
Right Bundle Branch Block (RBBB) is an abnormal finding on the electrocardiogram that is often associated with underlying heart disease.
What is systolic and diastolic blood pressure?
Systolic and diastolic blood pressure are the two values that determine whether your blood pressure is normal, too high or too low.
Treating Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia
IST - inappropriate sinus tachycardia - is an inappropriately rapid heart rate. The causes and potential treatments of IST are reviewed.
What Is a Pacemaker and How Does It Work?
Here is what you should know about pacemakers - what they are and what they do, how they are implanted, and what to expect if you have or need one.
The Symptoms of Diastolic Dysfunction and Heart...
Diastolic heart failure often causes acute episodes of shortness of breath. Diagnosing diastolic dysfunction and diastolic heart failure often presents a challenge.
The Best Way to Treat Atrial Fibrillation
The best approach to treating atrial fibrillation depends on the frequency and duration of your arrhythmia, your symptoms, - and your own preferences.
How to Survive a Heart Attack
Surviving a heart attack requires that you know the signs of a heart attack, and seek immediate medical help the moment you might be having one.
PVCs: Cause for Alarm or a Normal Occurrence?
The medical significance of premature ventricular complexes (also known as PVCs), and how they should be evaluated and treated.
Vasovagal Syncope - What You Need To Know
Vasovagal - or cardioneurogenic - syncope is the most common cause of transient loss of consciousness
What Causes Syncope (Fainting)?
Syncope, or fainting, is a common symptom that can be caused by many different medical conditions.
Is Heart Disease Different in Women Than in Men?
Two common misapprehensions are held by both women and their doctors: women don't really get much heart disease, and when they do, it behaves pretty much like the heart disease that men get. The real facts are that heart disease is the number one killer of women, and when women get heart disease it often acts quite differently than it does in men.
3 Things to Know About Treating Bundle Branch...
Bundle branch block (BBB) is a common finding on the ECG whose medical significance varies from person to person. Here's what you should know.
How Does Thyroid Disease Affect the Heart?
Thyroid disease - either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism - can have a profound effect on the cardiovascular system.
Is "congestive heart failure" the same as...
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The left ventricular ejection fraction - LVEF
The ejection fraction is the proportion of blood that is pumped from the left ventricle with each heart beat. Its measurement can be quite useful.
Why Coronary Artery Disease Is Different For...
Coronary artery disease in women is often different than it is in men - and the differences are important. Here's what you need to know about it.
What Is Dysautonomia?
The dysautonomias are serious medical disorders that are often missed, or dismissed
Is Chest Pain Always an Emergency?
If you have chest pain, you must decide whether to seek emergency help, then your doctor will need to efficiently evaluate its underlying cause.
What Is Non-Sustained Ventricular Tachycardia?
Non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT) is an episode of ventricular tachycardia that lasts for less than 30 seconds. NSVT can cause significant symptoms, and can indicate an increased risk for cardiac arrest and sudden death.
What Are Cardiac Biomarkers?
Cardiac biomarkers (formerly cardiac enzymes) are proteins that are released into the bloodstream when heart muscle damage occurs.
What Is Diastolic Dysfunction and Diastolic...
Diastolic dysfunction and diastolic heart failure occur when the heart's ventricles become too stiff, leading to impaired filling of the ventricles.
All about heart disease
Here are links to information on the many types of heart disease - causes, treatment and prevention.
What Is Dilated Cardiomyopathy and What Causes...
Learn the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy, which is the most common form of heart failure.
What You Should Know About Statins
Statins drugs reduce cholesterol levels, and have several other effects on the body that reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease.
Cardiac Enzymes and Heart Attacks
Cardiac enzymes are proteins that leak out of heart cells that are sustaining damage during a heart attack. By measuring cardiac enzyme levels in the blood, doctors can determine whether a heart attack is occurring.
What Drugs Can Help Prevent or Treat Blood Clots?
Several types of drugs are used to prevent blood clots, or to treat blood clots after they have formed.
All About Prinzmetal (or Variant) Angina
Prinzemetal's angina, or coronary artery spasm, is chest pain due to severe coronary artery spasm
Coronary Artery Disease: Brief Overview
Brief summary of coronary artery disease
What Is Unstable Angina?
Unstable angina, a type of acute coronary syndrome, should be treated as a medical emergency. Here's what you need to know.
Leg Cramps When You Walk? It May Be PAD
In peripheral artery disease, PAD, an artery supplying an arm or a leg has become blocked due to atherosclerosis, and may produce the symptom of claudication.
Treating Atrial Fibrillation - Concentrate on...
Atrial fibrillation can be treated by using medications to control the heart rate, and Coumadin to reduce the risk of blood clots.
Alcohol and atrial fibrillation - "Holiday Heart"
Binge drinking of alcohol can lead to episodes of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in the condition known as Holiday Heart.
How Important Are Triglyceride Levels for...
Elevated levels of triglycerides in the blood - hypertriglyceridemia - are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
How Ablation Therapy Can Help Treat Your...
Ablation procedures treat abnormal electrical pathways in the heart. These procedures can sometimes eliminate certain heart arrhythmias.
Should You Take CoQ10 With Statins?
Some evidence suggests that CoQ10 might diminish the muscle side effects of statins.
What Is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and What...
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic cardiac disorder that can cause several heart problems – including heart failure and sudden death.
TIAs - mini strokes - and what they mean
A transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a mini-stroke, is a temporary loss of normal neurological function, caused by a transient interruption of blood flow to the brain.
What Is a MUGA Scan?
MUGA scan is a noninvasive test useful for assessing the function of the left and right ventricles.
Muscle problems from statins are uncommon, but...
While the statins are generally quite well-tolerated, the most common side effects are related to the skeletal muscles.
Amiodarone - uniquely effective, but uniquely...
The unique effectiveness, and unique toxicity, of amiodarone
8 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy (and Happy!)
Here are several lifestyle choices that can substantially reduce your risk of heart disease and keep your heart healthy.
What Should You Expect When Living With a...
What you need to know about living a normal life with a pacemaker.
Treating Atrial Fibrillation - Restore the...
In atrial fibrillation, restoring and maintaining a normal heart rhythm is both difficult and potentially risky, but is often the better approach to treatment.
How Are Diastolic Dysfunction and Heart Failure...
Treating diastolic dysfunction and diastolic heart failure mainly depends on treating underlying causes, such as hypertension and CAD.
What Is Sinus Bradycardia?
In sinus bradycardia, a slow heart rate occurs because the heart's sinus node is generating the electrical signals that regulate the heart rhythm at a relatively reduced rate. Sometimes sinus bradycardia is normal, but at other times it requires treatment.
What Should You Expect from an Echocardiogram?
A description of the echocardiogram and its uses
Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
Supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT, is a family of cardiac arrhythmias that causes an inappropriately rapid heart rate.
PACs - The Most Common Cardiac Arrhythmia
PACs, or premature atrial complexes, are the most common of the heart arrhythmias.
How the Heart's Electrical System Works
The cardiac electrical system is essential to cardiac function, controlling the heart rate, and coordinating the contraction of cardiac muscle.
What Should You Expect From a Cardiac Stress...
Cardiac stress testing can be useful in diagnosing coronary artery disease, and in making exercise recommendations in patients with heart disease.
Treating Heart Failure From Dilated Cardiomyopa...
Treating heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy requires the aggressive use of beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and often diuretics.
4 Conditions Where a Coronary Angiography Can...
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What Is Aortic Stenosis and What Are the Causes?
Aortic stenosis is caused by obstruction in the aortic valve and is treated with valve replacement surgery.
What’s the Difference Between a Heart...
Heart attack is the death of heart muscle due to a blocked coronary artery, while cardiac arrest is a heart arrhythmia that causes the heart to stop beating
The 4 Types of Therapy for Vasovagal Syncope
Treating vasovagal syncope always involves education, and often involves exercise, drugs, or pacemakers
When Is a Pacemaker Needed for Heart Block (AV...
Heart block, or AV block, is one of the two major causes of bradycardia (slow heart rate). Pacemakers are often used in heart block.
What to Expect from an Electrocardiogram (ECG)
A description of the electrocardiogram (ECG), how it is performed, what it can tell your doctor about your heart - and what it cannot
What is HDL cholesterol?
Higher levels of HDL cholesterol are associated with reduced cardiovascular risk.
The 6 Antiarrhythmic Drugs Used for Atrial...
Antiarrhythmic drugs can be difficult and dangerous to use in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.
What Should You Do When Your C-Reactive Protein...
When your CRP level is found to be elevated, here's what you need to know, and what you need to do to lower your cardiac risk.
Measuring Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels
Here is what you should know about the cholesterol and triglyceride blood test, when to get one, and how to interpret it.
What Is Mitral Regurgitation and What Are the...
Mitral regurgitation is a common heart valve disorder that requires careful and ongoing medical care.
What Is The Best Diet After A Heart Attack?
It looks like the Mediterranean diet is your best bet after a heart attack.
Aortic Aneurysm Rupture -- Signs of an Aortic...
Sudden, severe abdominal pain is one of several symptom of aortic aneurysm rupture.
The Use of Beta Blockers
The beta blocker drugs are useful in treating many cardiac and non-cardiac conditions. Here is what you should know about them.
The 2 Treatment Goals for Premature Ventricular...
The treatment of premature ventricular complexes - PVCs - depends on the symptoms they are causing, and on any associated underlying heart disease.
What to Know About Cardiac Catheterization and...
What you need to know about heart catheterization and angiography
What to Think About Before Getting a Stent
A stent is not really a solution for coronary artery disease, but rather is trading one kind of chronic problem for another.
Angina and What It Means
Angina refers to the symptoms, usually chest pain or chest discomfort, produced when the heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen.
Pump Head - Cognitive Impairment After Bypass...
Bypass surgery leaves some patients with permanent mental deficits
Why You Get A Whole New Pacemaker When Your...
When a pacemaker battery is low, the entire pacemaker needs to be replaced.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is the term for a balloon-like dilation, called an aneurysm, that occurs in a localized section of the aorta within the abdomen. Learn more about AAA here.
Blood clots in the lungs - pulmonary embolus
A pulmonary embolus is a blood clot that lodges in the pulmonary artery or one of its branches.
Everything You Need to Know About Hypertension
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the most common medical problems in the developed world, and remains a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and other serious medical problems.
How to diagnose coronary artery disease
How tests are used to diagnose coronary artery disease
Abdominal Pain - When To See A Doctor
Abdominal pain is a symptom that affects almost everyone sooner or later. Sometimes abdominal pain has a serious medical cause. When is a doctor needed?
Treatment of an Acute Heart Attack
The first few hours of a heart attack are critical in determining whether you survive without any serious long-term disability. Here's what you need to know
The Heart’s Chambers and Valves Allow It...
The heart's chambers and valves assure that blood moves through the heart in the right direction and at the right time.
Coronary Heart Disease - It's Not Just About...
Doctors and patients alike need to stop thinking about coronary artery disease in terms of blockages alone. Any plaque, even tiny ones, are a threat.
What Is Pericarditis and What Causes It?
A discussion of pericarditis - inflammation of the protective sac that encloses the heart - and its diagnosis and treatment.
Acute Coronary Syndrome - Heart Attacks and...
Acute coronary syndrome - ACS - occurs when a plaque in a coronary artery ruptures, causing a blood clot to form within the artery, and blocking blood flow to the heart muscle.
How Do Calcium Scans Help With Coronary Artery...
Calcium scans can be helpful in assessing the risk of coronary artery disease
Sick Sinus Syndrome
In sick sinus syndrome, disease in the heart's sinus node is severe enough to produce symptoms related to bradycardia (slow heart rate). In addition, sick sinus syndrome is often accompanied by atrial fibrillation.
What is a heart-healthy diet?
A heart healthy diet consists of six simple rules.
Orthostatic Hypotension - Dizziness When Arising
In orthostatic hypotension, the blood pressure falls abnormally when a person stands up.
The Most Common Causes of Heart Failure
Many medical conditions can cause dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
What Is Mitral Valve Prolapse?
Mitral valve prolapse - MVP - how it should be diagnosed and managed
What Are Your Medication Options for Heart...
Heart arrhythmias can be treated with antiarrhythmic drugs, AV nodal blocking drugs, beta blockers, statins, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Preventing Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation
Stroke is the most feared complication of atrial fibrillation, so deciding on whether to use anticoagulation drugs is critically important if you have atrial fibrillation.
Should You Have Your CRP Measured?
Should you have your CRP measured? - The pros and cons of measuring CRP levels
How to Diagnose and Treat Dysautonomia
Diagnosing and successfully treating dysautonomia requires finding a physician who understands these conditions, and who is patient enough to engage in trial-and-error treatments.
How Does the Blood Clot?
How the blood clots, and how to prevent abnormal clotting
Causes of Chest Pain - Anxiety or Panic Disorder
Chest pain is common in patients diagnosed as having anxiety, especially if the supposed anxiety is actually produced by one of the dysautonomias.
How Your Doctor Should Evaluate Your Syncope
A systematic approach to evaluating syncope is the key to a quick, accurate diagnosis.
The new blood thinners - Coumadin substitutes
The NOAC drugs are a new class of anticoagulant drugs that can often be used as a substitute for Coumadin to prevent blood clots
Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Which type of surgical approach is better for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can be a complex decision that must be individualized.
Choosing the Best Treatment for Coronary Artery...
Treating coronary artery disease requires decisions on how to prevent angina and ischemia, on how to prevent acute coronary syndrome, and how to prevent worsening of atherosclerosis
Do Statins Cause Diabetes?
Statins reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, but may increase the risk of diabetes. When does the benefit outweigh the risk?
Why Should You Take Aspirin if You’re...
Taking an aspirin as soon as you believe you might be having a heart attack can help stop the growth of the blood clot that is blocking a coronary artery.
Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is a chronic disease which causes plaques build up in the walls of the arteries. These plaques often cause arterial obstruction.
What Treatment Should You Use for Hypertension?
If you have hypertension, you and your doctor need to establish a treatment goal, then take the steps necessary to achieve that goal.
What Are the Causes of Benign Chest Wall Pain?
A sudden, fleeting. Heart Disease.
Is Red Yeast Rice Effective for Cholesterol?
Red yeast rice - made from cultivating rice with Monascus purpureus - can be effective for reducing cholesterol levels, but remains controversial.
How Long On Plavix After A Stent?
Dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) is necessary for a long time after stent placement, but DAPT can present significant issues.
Why is the vagus nerve so important?
The vagus nerve controls many critical functions of the human body, and for this reason medical science is seeking ways to modulate its actions.
What You Need to Know About Heart Failure in...
Some unique aspects of heart failure in women
Chest pain caused by a heart attack
The chest pain associated with a heart attack is not always the same - it is important to recognize what kinds of symptoms may indicate a heart attack
Get the Facts on Rheumatic Heart Disease
Rheumatic heart disease is heart valve damage that occurs after an episode of rheumatic fever.
What Is Amiodarone Lung Toxicity?
The most feared side effect of amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone) is pulmonary, or lung toxicity, which can be difficult to diagnose and treat, and which can be fatal.
Postprandial Hypotension
In postprandial hypotension, the blood pressure falls abnormally after eating a meal and standing up.
What Should You Expect After You Have Had a...
Now that you've gotten through the acute heart attack, there are several critical steps necessary for your long-term survival and good health.
Lung Conditions That Produce Chest Pain
Several common lung problems can cause chest pain, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and pleuritis (or pleurisy).
What Is the Valsalva Maneuver?
The Valsalva maneuver is a technique for transiently increasing the tone of the vagus nerve, and has several uses in medicine.
TSA Full Body Scanners and Pacemakers
It appears to be safe for people with pacemakers and ICDs to go through the full body scanners at airport security - but just try getting someone in a position of authority to say so.
Aortic dissection
Aortic dissection is a condition in which a tear forms in the wall of the aorta, which allows blood to enter the vessel wall, dissecting (or tearing apart) the layers of the wall. Aortic dissection can rapidly lead to death, and should always be considered a medical emergency.
Deep Vein Thrombosis - DVT
Deep venous thrombosis - DVT - is a condition in which blood clots form in the deep leg veins.
How to Measure Your Risk of Heart Disease
How to assess your risk of heart disease
Ischemia - what it means, why it is important
Ischemia is the lack of sufficient blood supply to an organ, most often caused by atherosclerosis, which usually produces symptoms.
Aortic Regurgitation - A Leaky Aortic Valve
Aortic regurgitation, or a leaky aortic valve, can lead to heart failure unless it is treated appropriately.
How To Diagnose Heart Rhythm Problems
Diagnosing cardiac arrhythmias means recording the heart rhythm until symptoms occur. Sometimes an electrophysiology study is helpful.
TAVI - Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation
Transcatheter aortic valve Implantation (TAVI) is a minimally invasive technique for replacing diseased aortic valves.
Treating Stable Angina
Treating stable angina usually means therapy with medications and lifestyle changes, but in certain cases surgery or stenting are required.
Complications with implantable defibrillators
While implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are extremely effective and generally quite safe, complications do occur.
The 4 Main Types of Drugs That Treat Cardiac...
If you have been prescribed an anti-arrhythmic drug, you should learn about the specific drug you are taking and its side effects.
Drugs Used To Treat Angina
Four different types of drugs are used to treat angina. Here's a look at all four - nitrates, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and ranolazine.
Cardiac Syndrome X - Microvascular Angina
Cardiac Syndrome X, or microvascular angina, is a condition that produces angina with normal coronary arteries on cardiac catheterization.
Sudden Death After Heart Attacks
Sudden death is an all too common event after surviving a heart attack. But sudden death can be prevented in people who remain at risk.
Pulmonary hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension is a condition in which the pressure inside the pulmonary artery is too high.
Staging mitral regurgitation - why regular...
The appropriate treatment of mitral regurgitation requires your doctor to first stage the extent of your mitral valve disorder.

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