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                    Heart Problems
                    Learn about heart problems
                                                     Everyone can benefit from learning about heart health. If you or a loved one is living with a heart
                                                     condition, or if you want to learn how to prevent heart problems in the future, our topics can give
                                                     you the information you need. From heart defects in babies to heart failure in older people, we cover
                                                     a wide range of heart problems.

                                                     Learn more about heart problems in topics such as:

                                                         Coronary Artery Disease.

                                                         Heart Attack and Unstable Angina.

                                                         Heart Failure.

                              Atrial Fibrillation.

                              Congenital Heart Defects.

                              Interactive Tool: Are You At Risk For a Heart Attack?


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                        Health Topics
                       Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
                       Acute Coronary Syndrome
                       Alan's Story: Coping with Change After a Heart Attack
                       Alcohol Abuse: Other Health Problems That M ay Occur
                       Alcohol and Heart Disease
                       Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy
                       Anesthesia
                       Angioplasty for Coronary Artery Disease
                       Angioplasty for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
                       Antidepressants for Sleep Problems
                       Aortic Dissection
                       Aortic Valve Regurgitation
                       Aortic Valve Stenosis
                       Arrhythmias and Sexual Activity
                       Arrhythmias: Foods That Affect Heart Rate
                       ASA
                       Atherectomy for Coronary Artery Disease
                       Atrial Fibrillation
                       Awareness During General Anesthesia
                       Beta-Blockers for Systolic Heart Failure
                       Birth Control Pills, Hormone Therapy, and Coronary Artery Disease
                       Blood Pressure Screening
                       Blood Thinners for Heart Failure
                       Bradycardia (Slow Heart Rate)
                       Cardiac Cachexia
                       Cardiac Device M onitoring
                       Cardiac Rehabilitation
                       Cardiac Rehabilitation Home Program: Hospital to Home
                       Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase I: In the Hospital
                       Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II: Outpatient Program
                       Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase III: Long-Term Lifestyle Change
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                       Cardiac Rehabilitation Team
                       Cardiac Rehabilitation: M edicine and Exercise
                       Cardiac Rehabilitation: M onitoring Your Body's Response to Exercise
                       Cardiac Rehabilitation: M onitoring Your Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE)
                       Cardiac Rehabilitation: Weight and Resistance Training
                       Care at the End of Life
                       Catheter Ablation for a Fast Heart Rate
                       Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation
                       Central Venous Catheters
                       Change in Heartbeat
                       Chest Problems
                       Classification of Heart Failure
                       Congenital Heart Defects
                       Congenital Heart Defects That Cause Aortic Valve Stenosis
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: How It Is Done.
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: How to Prepare
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: Recovering in the Hospital
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: Self-Care for Recovery
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: The Recovery Process
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: What to Expect After You Go Home
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Day One of Recovery
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: M inimally Invasive M ethods
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: When You Arrive at the Hospital
                       Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Your M edical Team
                       Coronary Artery Disease
                       Coronary Artery Disease Risk Screening
                       Coronary Artery Disease: Eating Fish to Lower Your Risk
                       Coronary Artery Disease: Helping a Loved One
                       Coronary Artery Disease: Roles of Different Doctors
                       DASH Diet Sample M enu
                       Depression and Coronary Artery Disease
                       Diabetic Neuropathy: Treatment for Blood Pressure Problems
                       Diastolic Heart Failure
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                       Diastolic Heart Failure
                       Dilated Cardiomyopathy
                       Diuretics and Potassium Supplements
                       Drug-Eluting Stents
                       Elbow Pain: Other Causes of Pain
                       Electrical Cardioversion (Defibrillation) for a Fast Heart Rate
                       Electrical Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation
                       Endocarditis
                       Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) for Heart Problems
                       Exercise Tips if You Have a Pacemaker or ICD
                       Familial Lipid Disorders
                       Family History of Heart Disease
                       Fast Heart Rate
                       General Anesthesia
                       Health Problems Associated With Adult Obesity
                       Health Tracking Forms and Checklists
                       Healthy Diet Guidelines for a Healthy Heart
                       Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
                       Heart Block
                       Heart Disease: Prevention M yths
                       Heart Failure
                       Heart Failure and Sexual Activity
                       Heart Failure and Sleep Problems
                       Heart Failure Complications
                       Heart Failure Stages
                       Heart Failure Symptoms
                       Heart Failure Types
                       Heart Failure: Avoiding Colds and Flu
                       Heart Failure: Compensation by the Heart and Body
                       Heart Failure: Less Common Symptoms
                       Heart Failure: Tips for Caregivers
                       Heart Failure: Tips for Easier Breathing
                       Heart M urmur
                       Heart Rhythm Problems: Diary of Symptoms

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                       Heart Rhythm Problems: Symptoms
                       Heart Tests: When Do You Need Them?
                       Heart Transplant
                       Heart Valve Disease
                       Heart valve repair or replacement for mitral valve regurgitation or prolapse
                       Heart Valve Replacement: M inimally Invasive M ethods
                       Heart Valve Surgery: Recovery
                       Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
                       Helping a Loved One After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
                       High Blood Pressure
                       High Blood Pressure: Nutrition Tips
                       High Cholesterol
                       High Cholesterol Treatment Guidelines Based on Heart Attack Risk
                       High Cholesterol: Eating Fish and Fish Oil
                       High Cholesterol: How a Dietitian Can Help
                       High Triglycerides
                       High-Normal Blood Pressure
                       High-Output Heart Failure
                       How Beta-Blockers Treat Diastolic Heart Failure
                       How Nitrates Treat Systolic Heart Failure
                       How to Find Hidden Salt (Sodium)
                       Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
                       Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Risk of Sudden Death
                       Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)
                       Inhaled Anesthetics
                       Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack?
                       Interactive Tool: How Does Smoking Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack?
                       Interactive Tool: What Is Your Risk for a Stroke if You Have Atrial Fibrillation?
                       Interactive Tools
                       Intravenous (IV) Anesthetics
                       Ischemia
                       Isolated Systolic High Blood Pressure
                       Joan's Story: Coping With Depression and Anxiety From Heart Failure
                       Joyce's Story: Feeling Better With a Pacemaker
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                       Kawasaki Disease
                       Kawasaki Disease: Criteria to Diagnose
                       Lipid Panel
                       Local Anesthetics
                       Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)
                       Low-Dose ASA Therapy
                       M alignant High Blood Pressure
                       M aze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation
                       M edicines for Heart Failure
                       M edicines That M ake Heart Failure Worse
                       M edicines to Prevent Abnormal Heart Rhythm in Heart Failure
                       M editerranean Diet
                       M itral Valve Prolapse
                       M itral Valve Prolapse: Children Who Play Sports
                       M itral Valve Regurgitation
                       M itral Valve Regurgitation and Exercise
                       M itral Valve Stenosis
                       M odify Recipes for a Heart-Healthy Diet
                       M onitoring and M edicines for Heart Failure
                       M onitoring Aortic Valve Regurgitation
                       M onitoring During Anesthesia
                       M yxoma Tumours of the Heart
                       Organ Transplant
                       Pacemaker for Atrial Fibrillation
                       Pacemaker for Bradycardia
                       Paradoxical Embolism
                       Passing Out (Syncope) Caused by Arrhythmias
                       People Who Need Antibiotics to Prevent Endocarditis
                       Pericarditis
                       Peripheral Arterial Disease and Exercise
                       Planning to Be an Organ Donor
                       Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs)
                       Procedural Sedation
                       Procedures That M ay Require Antibiotics to Prevent Endocarditis
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                       Pulmonary Embolism
                       Quick Tips: Self-Care For Heart Failure
                       Quick Tips: Taking Charge of Your Angina
                       Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
                       Resuming Sexual Activity After a Heart Attack
                       Right-Sided Heart Failure
                       Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease
                       Risks and Benefits of M edicines for Heart Failure
                       Scarlet Fever
                       Schizophrenia: Other Health Problems That M ay Occur
                       Scleroderma
                       Sick Sinus Syndrome
                       Smoking and Coronary Artery Disease
                       Smoking: Heart Attack and Stroke Risks
                       Sodium and High Blood Pressure
                       SPECT Image of the Heart
                       Supraventricular Tachycardia
                       Systolic Heart Failure
                       Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC)
                       Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet for High Cholesterol
                       Thrombolytic M edicines for Pulmonary Embolism
                       Tips for Success With the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet
                       Triggers of Sudden Heart Failure
                       Types of Bradycardia
                       Types of Supraventricular Tachycardia
                       Using Nitroglycerin for Angina
                       Vagal M anoeuvres for Fast Heart Rate
                       Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) for Heart Failure
                       Ventricular Tachycardia
                       Ventriculogram
                       Weight and Coronary Artery Disease
                       What to Do if Your Cardiac Device Is Recalled
                       What You Need to Know Before Exercising With an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)
                       Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
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                       Women and Coronary Artery Disease


                        Medical Tests
                       Ambulatory Electrocardiogram
                       Angiogram
                       Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) Test
                       Cardiac Blood Pool Scan
                       Cardiac Catheterization
                       Cardiac Enzyme Studies
                       Cardiac Perfusion Scan
                       Chest X-Ray
                       Cholesterol and Triglycerides Tests
                       Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Body
                       Computed Tomography Angiogram (CT Angiogram)
                       Coronary Calcium Scan
                       C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
                       Echocardiogram
                       Electrocardiogram
                       Electrophysiology Study
                       Exercise Electrocardiogram
                       Home Blood Pressure Test
                       Pericardial Drainage


                        Medications
                       Adenosine for Fast Heart Rates
                       Aldosterone Receptor Antagonists: Diuretics for Heart Failure
                       Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
                       Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs) for High Blood Pressure
                       Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for Coronary Artery Disease
                       Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
                       Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for Heart Failure
                       Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for High Blood Pressure
                       Antiarrhythmic M edicines for Atrial Fibrillation

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                       Antiarrhythmic M edicines for Fast Heart Rates
                       Antiarrhythmics for congenital heart defects
                       Antibiotics for Lyme Disease
                       Anticoagulants for aortic and mitral valve regurgitation
                       Anticoagulants for Coronary Artery Disease
                       Anticoagulants for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
                       Anticoagulants for Pulmonary Embolism
                       Antiplatelet M edicine for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
                       ASA for Coronary Artery Disease
                       ASA for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
                       ASA for mitral valve regurgitation
                       Beta-Blockers for Atrial Fibrillation
                       Beta-Blockers for Coronary Artery Disease
                       Beta-Blockers for Fast Heart Rates
                       Beta-Blockers for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
                       Beta-Blockers for Heart Failure
                       Beta-Blockers for High Blood Pressure
                       Beta-Blockers for M itral Valve Prolapse
                       Bile Acid Sequestrants for High Cholesterol
                       Calcium Channel Blockers for Atrial Fibrillation
                       Calcium Channel Blockers for Coronary Artery Disease
                       Calcium Channel Blockers for Fast Heart Rates
                       Calcium Channel Blockers for Heart Failure
                       Calcium Channel Blockers for High Blood Pressure
                       Cardiac glycosides for congenital heart defects
                       Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors for High Cholesterol
                       Dabigatran for Atrial Fibrillation
                       Digoxin for Atrial Fibrillation
                       Digoxin for Fast Heart Rates
                       Digoxin for Heart Failure
                       Digoxin for mitral valve regurgitation
                       Direct Renin Inhibitors for High Blood Pressure
                       Diuretics for congenital heart defects
                       Diuretics for Heart Failure
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                       Diuretics for High Blood Pressure
                       Fibric Acid Derivatives for High Cholesterol
                       Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa Inhibitors for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
                       M orphine for Heart Attack
                       Nicotinic Acid for High Cholesterol
                       Nitrates for Coronary Artery Disease
                       Nitrates for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
                       Other M edicines for High Blood Pressure
                       Oxygen Therapy for Heart Failure
                       Statins and Statin Combinations for High Cholesterol
                       Thrombolytics for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
                       Vasodilators for congenital heart defects
                       Vasodilators for Heart Failure
                       Vasodilators for mitral valve regurgitation
                       Warfarin for Atrial Fibrillation


                        Make a Wise Decision
                       Aortic Valve Stenosis: Should I Have Surgery?
                       ASA: Should I Take Daily ASA to Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke?
                       Atrial Fibrillation: Should I Take Warfarin to Prevent Stroke?
                       Atrial Fibrillation: Should I Try Electrical Cardioversion?
                       Heart Disease Risk: Should I Have a Coronary Calcium Scan?
                       Heart Disease: Should I Have an Angiogram?
                       Heart Disease: Should I Have Angioplasty for Stable Angina?
                       Heart Disease: Should I Have Bypass Surgery?
                       Heart Failure: Should I Get a Pacemaker (Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy)?
                       Heart Failure: Should I Get an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)?
                       Heart Problems: Should I Have Catheter Ablation?
                       Heart Rate Problems: Should I Get a Pacemaker?
                       Heart Rhythm Problems: Should I Get an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)?
                       Heart valve problems: Should I choose a mechanical valve or tissue valve to replace my heart valve?
                       High Blood Pressure: Should I Take M edicine?
                       High Cholesterol: Should I Take Statins?


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                        Take Action
                       Heart Disease: Eating a Heart-Healthy Diet
                       Heart Disease: Exercising for a Healthy Heart
                       Heart Disease: Walking for a Healthy Heart
                       Heart Failure: Activity and Exercise
                       Heart Failure: Avoiding M edicines That M ake Symptoms Worse
                       Heart Failure: Avoiding Triggers for Sudden Heart Failure
                       Heart Failure: Checking Your Weight
                       Heart Failure: Eating Less Salt
                       Heart Failure: Taking M edicines Properly
                       Heart Failure: Watching Your Fluids
                       Heart Problems: Living With a Pacemaker or ICD
                       High Blood Pressure: Checking Your Blood Pressure at Home
                       High Blood Pressure: Taking M edicines Properly
                       High Blood Pressure: Using the DASH Diet
                       Warfarin: Taking your medicine safely



                    Last Revised: April 20, 2012
                    Author: Healthwise Staff
                    Medical Review : Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine




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