Saturday, November 22, 2014

Introduction

At a Glance

Heart disease, or Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. There are several different types of heart disease with varying symptoms.

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What is Heart Disease?

There are many different forms of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the…

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Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a bulge or "ballooning" in the wall of an artery. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other parts of the body. If an…

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Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart develops an arrhythmia that causes it to stop beating. This is different than a heart attack, where the heart usually continues to…

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Causes

The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary…

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Complications

Heart attack is one of the major complications associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). Most heart attacks happen when a clot in the coronary artery blocks the supply…

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Congestive Heart Failure

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood throughout the body. Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop…

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Heart Attack

Each year, over a million people in the U.S. suffer from a heart attack. About half of them die. Many people have permanent heart damage or die because they don't get help…

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Prevention

Fortunately, there are many things you can do reduce your chances of getting heart disease. You should: Know your blood pressure and keep it under control, exercise…

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Risks

Coronary heart disease risk factors are conditions or habits that raise your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and heart…

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Stroke

A stroke occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a portion of the brain is blocked. Without oxygen, brain cells start to die after a few minutes. Sudden bleeding in the…

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Symptoms

A common symptom of coronary heart disease (CHD) is angina. Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs if an area of your heart muscle doesn't get enough oxygen-rich…

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Hot Topics

What we call normal rhythm is stimulated by a group of cells in the upper chamber of our heart called the atrium. This group of cells is in an area of the atrium called the sinus node and functions as a "natural pacemaker" stimulating the atria…