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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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
How to Raise Your HDL Levels With Diet and Drugs
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Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome - POTS
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, POTS, is a disorder seen in younger people which causes palpitations, dizziness, and other symptoms while standing upright.
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 Happens During a Non-ST Segment Myocardial...
A NSTEMI - non-ST segment myocardial infarction - occurs when a coronary artery is partially occluded by a blood clot.
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 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.
The Facts About Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common heart rhythm disorders, especially among older adults.
So Saturated Fat Contributes to Global Warming?
With evidence against saturated fats fading away, experts now suggest that we avoid saturated fats to prevent global warming.
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.
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.
The Common Symptoms of Heart Failure
Symptoms of heart failure are usually due to pulmonary congestion, poor cardiac pumping function or cardiac arrhythmias.
What You Should Know About Heart Palpitations
When your heartbeat feels unusually strong, or odd, it's known as a palpitation. Is it serious?
Coughing and Heart Failure
Coughing can be an important symptom of heart failure
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.
What Is Dysautonomia?
The dysautonomias are serious medical disorders that are often missed, or dismissed
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.
What Is Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia?
IST - inappropriate sinus tachycardia - is an inappropriately rapid heart rate. The causes and potential treatments of IST are reviewed.
The 4 Types of Cardiac Arrhythmias
A general overview of cardiac arrhythmias, or heart rhythm problems - extra heart beats, tachycardia, bradycardia and bundle branch block.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Does Thyroid Disease Affect the Heart?
the cardiac effects of thyroid disease
How Exercise Can Save Your Heart
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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.
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.
Is "congestive heart failure" the same as...
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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.
How Important Are Triglyceride Levels for...
Elevated levels of triglycerides in the blood - hypertriglyceridemia - are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
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.
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 Are Cardiac Enzymes?
Cardiac enzymes - creatine kinase and troponin - are cardiac proteins that are released into the bloodstream when heart muscle damage occurs, as in myocardial infarction.
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.
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.
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 Is a MUGA Scan?
What the MUGA scan is used for in diagnosing structural heart disease, such as a prior heart attack, or a weakened heart muscle.
How Is Ablation Therapy Used to Treat Atrial...
In some patients, atrial fibrillation can be ablated in the electrophysiology laboratory.
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 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
Systolic and Diastolic Blood Pressure
Systolic pressure, the top number in the blood pressure reading, is the pressure the blood exerts in the artery when the heart muscle is beating. Diastolic pressure, the bottom number in the blood pressure reading, is the pressure the blood exerts in the artery in between heart beats, while the heart muscle is relaxing.
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.
What Should You Expect When Living With a...
What you need to know about living a normal life with a pacemaker.
What Should You Expect from an Echocardiogram?
A description of the echocardiogram and its uses
What to Know About Cardiac Catheterization and...
What you need to know about heart catheterization and angiography
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 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.
How To Recognize A Heart Attack
a simple how to on recognizing a heart attack, from your about.com guide
Coronary Artery Disease: Brief Overview
Brief summary of coronary artery disease
What is Heart Disease?
What is heart disease? Heart Health Center.
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.
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.
All About Prinzmetal (or Variant) Angina
Prinzemetal's angina, or coronary artery spasm, is chest pain due to severe coronary artery spasm
vasovagal syncope, cardioneurogenic syncope,...
Treating vasovagal syncope always involves education, and often involves exercise, drugs, or pacemakers
How Ablation Therapy Can Help Treat Your...
Ablation procedures treat abnormal electrical pathways in the heart. These procedures can sometimes eliminate certain heart arrhythmias.
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.
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.
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.
Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
Supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT, is a family of cardiac arrhythmias that causes an inappropriately rapid heart rate.
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.
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.
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’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
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.
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.
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.
Symptom Checker
Symptom checker - an explanation of symptoms commonly associated with heart disease
What is a heart-healthy diet?
A heart healthy diet consists of six simple rules.
How to diagnose coronary artery disease
How tests are used to diagnose coronary artery disease
4 Conditions Where a Coronary Angiography Can...
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What Is the Most Common Type of Cardiac...
PACs, or premature atrial complexes, are the most common of the heart arrhythmias.
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.
Should You Have Your CRP Measured?
Should you have your CRP measured? - The pros and cons of measuring CRP levels
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.
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.
Pump Head - Cognitive Impairment After Bypass...
Bypass surgery leaves some patients with permanent mental deficits
Should You Take CoQ10 With Statins?
Some evidence suggests that CoQ10 might diminish the muscle side effects of statins.
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.
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.
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.
Cocaine and the Heart
Cocaine affects the heart in ways that can permanently damage it or cause sudden death.
How Your Doctor Should Evaluate Your Syncope
A systematic approach to evaluating syncope is the key to a quick, accurate diagnosis.
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.
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.
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 to treat or prevent symptoms.
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
Causes of Chest Pain - Pulmonary Problems
Several commonly occurring lung problems can cause chest pain, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and pleuritis (or pleurisy)
Aortic Aneurysm Rupture -- Signs of an Aortic...
Sudden, severe abdominal pain is one of several symptom of aortic aneurysm rupture.
The Mechanics Behind How Your Heart Works
The cardiac electrical system is essential to cardiac function, controlling the heart rate, and coordinating the contraction of cardiac muscle.
Angina
Angina is the name given to the symptoms, usually chest pain or chest discomfort, produced when the heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen.
Orthostatic Hypotension - Dizziness When Arising
In orthostatic hypotension, the blood pressure falls abnormally when a person stands up.
What Is The Best Diet After A Heart Attack?
It looks like the Mediterranean diet is your best bet after a heart attack.
What Is Mitral Regurgitation and What Are the...
Mitral regurgitation is a common heart valve disorder that requires careful and ongoing medical care.
Amiodarone - uniquely effective, but uniquely...
The unique effectiveness, and unique toxicity, of amiodarone
Profiles in Heart Disease: David Letterman
David Letterman, whose father died of a heart attack at age 52, had bypass surgery in 2000 after an angiogram revealed extensive arterial blockage.
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.
Beta Blocker Drugs
The beta blocker drugs are among the most commonly used medications for many cardiac and non-cardiac conditions. Here is what you should know about them.
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.
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
What Is Mitral Valve Prolapse?
Mitral valve prolapse - MVP - how it should be diagnosed and managed
Why You Get A Whole New Pacemaker When Your...
When a pacemaker battery is low, the entire pacemaker needs to be replaced.
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.
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.
Triglyceride and Cholesterol Test
A routine triglyceride and cholesterol test is now recommended for everyone.
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.
Silent Effects of Congestive Heart Failure
Here are some of the more gradual symptoms of congestive heart failure
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation, TAVI,...
Transcatheter aortic valve Implantation (TAVI) is a minimally invasive technique for replacing diseased aortic valves. TAVI is still under development, and is suitable for only a limited number of patients with aortic valve disease.
Preventing Congestive Heart Failure
Preventing congestive heart failure means taking steps to prevent the kinds of heart disease that lead to heart failure
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.
Postprandial Hypotension
In postprandial hypotension, the blood pressure falls abnormally after eating a meal and standing up.
The 6 Antiarrhythmic Drugs Used for Atrial...
Antiarrhythmic drugs can be difficult and dangerous to use in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.
How Is High Blood Pressure Diagnosed?
Hypertension is diagnosed when a person's blood pressure is persistently elevated beyond levels that are considered normal
Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome, or pre-diabetes, is a grouping of common disorders that produce a high risk of cardiac disease, all related to insulin resistance.
Ejection Fraction
The cardiac ejection fraction is the proportion of blood that is pumped from the left ventricle with each heart beat.
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.
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.
Common heart tests
A summary of the most common heart tests used in cardiology
The Most Common Causes of Heart Failure
Many medical conditions can cause dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
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.
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.
Cardiac Enzymes
Cardiac enzymes are useful in the diagnosis of heart attack.
How to Measure Your Risk of Heart Disease
How to assess your risk of heart disease
Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension is a condition in which the pressure inside the pulmonary artery is too high.
Get the Facts on Rheumatic Heart Disease
Rheumatic heart disease is heart valve damage that occurs after an episode of rheumatic fever.
Dizziness and Heart Problems
Dizziness is often a symptom of heart problems, particular irregular heart beats.
What Are the Causes of Benign Chest Wall Pain?
A sudden, fleeting. Heart Disease.
Why You Should Try the Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean Diet can improve heart health, vascular health, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and metabolic syndrome
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.
Ventricular Tachycardia
Ventricular tachycardia is a potentially life-threatening, rapid heart rhythm disturbance that originates in the ventricles.
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.
Heart Attack Risk Factors
Several risk factors, some controllable and some not controllable, increase the risk of heart attack.
How Do Calcium Scans Help Detect Coronary...
Calcium scans can be helpful in assessing the risk of coronary artery disease
Abdominal pain
Abdominal pain. Heart Health Center.
Do You Need To Be Treated for High Cholesterol?
If you have elevated cholesterol levels, the decision as to whether you need treatment should be based on the current guidelines.
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.
When are stents really needed?
The COURAGE trial challenges the routine use of stents in stable coronary artery disease (CAD).
Vagus Nerve
The vagus nerves help control the muscles of the throat and the voicebox, regulate the heart rate and keep the gastrointestinal tract in working order.
What is Atherosclerosis?
Atherosclerosis is a chronic disease which causes plaques build up in the walls of the arteries. These plaques often cause arterial obstruction.
What Is a Non-ST Segment Elevation Myocardial...
Non-ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction - NSTEMI - is a form of Acute Coronary Syndrome that is identical to unstable angina, except that cardiac enzymes are elevated, indicating that heart cell damage has occurred
Aortic Aneurysm - Treating an Aortic Aneurysm
Whether or not your aortic aneurysm requires surgery depends on if it's more or less than 5 cm.
Should You Use Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy?
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), also called biventricular pacing, is a new treatment for heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy.
What's the Real Story Behind the "Broken Heart"...
Read about broken heart syndrome, or stress cardiomyopathy - a condition seen mainly in women, after severe emotional trauma.
What Is Postpartum Cardiomyopathy and What...
Postpartum cardiomyopathy is a form of dilated cardiomyopathy that leads to heart failure, and is associated with pregnancy.
Can Viagra Be Dangerous for Men With Heart...
Viagra (sildenafil) can be used safely in most patients with heart disease

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