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  1. Heart Disease and the Doctor's Exam

    WebMD's guide to simple tests for heart disease.

  2. Nitrates for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina

    Drug details for Nitrates for heart attack and unstable angina.

  3. End-of-Life Decisions

    Although heart failure treatment is increasingly successful at prolonging life and reducing complications and hospital stays, heart failure can be a progressive, fatal condition. Many important end - of - life decisions can be made while you are active and able to communicate your wishes.More informationHow can I help make decisions about long - term care?How can I prepare for end - of - life issu

  4. Supraventricular Tachycardia - What Increases Your Risk

    Some lifestyle factors can increase your risk of having an episode of supraventricular tachycardia, such as overuse of caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol or use of illegal drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine.Decongestants that contain stimulants should also be avoided, including oxymetazoline (such as Afrin and other brands) and pseudoephedrine (such as Sudafed, Actifed, and other brands). ...

  5. Mitral Valve Prolapse - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services immediately if you have:Symptoms of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), such as sudden numbness, tingling, or weakness in or an inability to move part or all of one side of the body; vision changes that come on suddenly; or sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech.Call a doctor immediately if you have MVP and you have:Symptoms of heart failure, .

  6. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Prevention

    The percentage of Americans who have a heart attack, as well as the number of resulting deaths, has continued to decrease since the 1970s. This decline is mainly attributed to the steps people are taking to prevent coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack, including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and changing diet and exercise habits.14The most important lifestyle changes that you .

  7. Pericardial Drainage

    A pericardial tap (pericardiocentesis) is done to determine the cause of fluid buildup around the heart and to relieve pressure on the heart.

  8. Anticoagulants Other Than Warfarin for Atrial Fibrillation

    Drug details for Dabigatran for Atrial Fibrillation.

  9. Heart Problems: Living With a Pacemaker

    A pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) helps protect you against dangerous heart rhythms. It's important to know how these devices work and how to keep them working right. Learning a few important facts about pacemakers and ICDs can help you get the best results from your device. Key points Avoid strong magnetic and electrical fields. These can keep your device from ...

  10. Atrial Fibrillation - When to Call a Doctor

    Some symptoms of atrial fibrillation need urgent medical evaluation. Callor other emergency services immediately if you:Have severe chest pain.Experience any signs of a stroke.Feel faint and have an irregular heartbeat.If you see someone pass out, callor other emergency services immediately.Call your doctor if you have:An irregular heart rate.Heart palpitations.Periods of unexplained ...

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