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  1. Heart Failure and the Echocardiogram

    Learn more about echocardiograms and how they're used in the diagnosis of heart failure.

  2. Caregiving After Surgery for Heart Failure

    If you are caring for someone with heart failure who has had heart surgery, these tips may help them recover and heal.

  3. Abnormal Heart Rhythms and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)

    Abnormal heart rhythms sometimes require the use of an ICD or implantable cardioverter defibrillator. WebMD explains how the device works.

  4. Topic Overview

    WebMD provides information on Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and its uses, side effects, health claims, benefits, and safety information. Learn about CoQ10 here.

  5. Fainting - Topic Overview

    What is fainting? Fainting is a sudden,brief loss of consciousness. When people faint,or pass out,they usually fall down. After they are lying down,most people will recover quickly. The term doctors use for fainting is syncope (say "SING-kuh-pee"). Fainting one time is usually nothing to worry about. But it is a good idea to see your doctor,because fainting could have a serious cause. ...

  6. Mediterranean Diet - Topic Overview

    WebMD describes the Medterranean diet plan and how it can help you lose weight and be healthy.

  7. Catecholamines in Urine

    A test for catecholamines measures the amount of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine produced by nerve tissue (including the brain) and the inner part of the adrenal glands.

  8. Anticoagulants for Coronary Artery Disease

    Drug details for Anticoagulants for coronary artery disease.

  9. Peripheral Arterial Disease: Pulse and Blood Pressure Measurement - Topic Overview

    Pulse and blood pressure measurements taken in different areas of the body help diagnose peripheral arterial disease.PulseIn the legs, doctors will commonly feel for pulses in the femoral (groin), popliteal (back of the knee), posterior tibial (ankle), and dorsalis pedis (foot) areas. Other pulses often checked include the radial (wrist), brachial (forearm), and carotid (neck) areas. The pulses are graded for record-keeping purposes so that doctors can keep track of how a person's pulse changes over time. Your doctor uses a number system to rate your pulse. Your doctor will listen to your pulse with a stethoscope for a whooshing sound called a bruit (say broo-E). A bruit might mean there is a blockage in the artery. Blood pressureFor peripheral arterial disease, blood pressure might be taken at the ankles, toes, legs, and arms.Blood pressures are typically taken with a blood pressure cuff. But blood pressure can be measured using catheters placed inside the arteries. Because the

  10. Low-Salt Diets: Eating Out

    For many people,eating out is something they do to relax and socialize. You don't have to give this up when you are on a low-sodium diet,but it is important to be more careful about what you order in a restaurant. Sodium is not just in table salt. You can also find it in sodium citrate,sodium bicarbonate (baking soda),and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Asian foods often have MSG as well as ...

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