Diseases & conditions A-Z List
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Heart disease is any disorder that affects the heart's ability to function normally. Various forms of heart disease include:
Congenital heart disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD)
Heart disease - resources
The following organizations are good resources for information on heart disease:
American Heart Association - www.americanheart.org
The Mended Hearts, Inc. - www.mendedhearts.org
Resources - heart disease...
Heart disease - risk factors
A risk factor is something about you that increases your chance of getting a disease or having a certain health condition. Some risk factors for heart disease you cannot change, but some you can. Changing the risk factors that you have control over will help you live a longer, healthier life.
Heart disease and diet
A healthy diet is a major factor in reducing your risk of heart disease.
A healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce your risk of:
Heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke
Conditions that lead to heart disease, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity
Other chronic healt...
Heart disease and women
Mention the term "heart attack" and most people imagine a pudgy, middle-aged man drenched in sweat and clutching his chest. Few people seem to consider cardiovascular disease (CVD) as a woman's disease.
But according to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of ...
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
Heart failure is a chronic, long-term condition, although it can sometimes develop suddenly.
The condition may affect only the right side or only th...
Heart failure - discharge
You were in the hospital to have your heart failure treated. Heart failure occurs when the muscles of your heart are weak or have trouble relaxing. Your heart is a pump that moves fluids through your body. As with any pump, if the flow is not strong enough, fluids do not move well and they get stuck...
Heart failure - fluids and diuretics
When you have heart failure, your heart does not pump strongly enough. This causes fluids to build up in your body. If you drink too many fluids, you may get symptoms such as swelling, weight gain, and shortness of breath. Limiting how much you drink and how much salt (sodium) you take in can help p...
Heart failure - home monitoring
Knowing your body and the symptoms that tell you your heart failure is getting worse will help you stay healthier and out of the hospital. At home, you should watch for changes in your:
When you are watching out for warning signs, you can catch problems befor...
Heart failure - what to ask your doctor
Your heart is a pump that moves fluids through your body. Heart failure is when fluids do not move well and get stuck in places in your body they should not be. Most often, fluid collects in your lungs and legs. This is usually because the muscles of your heart are weak.
Below are some questions you...
Heart magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a imaging method that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the heart. It does not use radiation (x-rays).
The test may be done as part of a chest MRI.
Unlike x-rays and computed tomographic (CT) scans, which use radiation, MRI uses pow...
Heart murmurs and other sounds
Murmurs are blowing, whooshing, or rasping sounds heard during a heartbeat. The sound is caused by turbulent blood flow through the heart valves or near the heart.
A doctor can check heart sounds by listening with a stethoscope over the surface of the chest. An echocardiogram can fin...
A pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device that senses when your heart is beating irregularly or too slowly. It sends a signal to your heart that makes your heart beat at the correct pace.
Newer pacemakers weigh as little as 1 ounce. A pacemaker usually has 2 parts:
The generator ...
Heart pacemaker - discharge
You had a pacemaker placed in your chest to help your heart beat properly.
A small incision was made on your chest below your collarbone. The pacemaker generator was then placed under the skin at this location.
Leads (wires) were connected to the pacemaker, and one end of the wires was threaded thr...
Palpitations are heartbeat sensations that feel like your heart is pounding or racing. You may simply have an unpleasant awareness of your own heartbeat, or may feel skipped or stopped beats. The heart's rhythm may be normal or abnormal. Palpitations can be felt in your chest, throat, or neck.