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  1. Heart Failure: Taking Medicines Properly

    Medicines do not cure heart failure. However, they can make you feel better, help your heart work better, and help you live longer.Key pointsTake a list of your medicines or bring your medicines with you when you visit your doctor. Include both medicines that were prescribed to you by other doctors and any nonprescription medicines and natural supplements that you take. Review the list with your .

  2. Does Alcohol Cause AFib?

    Drinking alcohol can be good for your heart, but it can also raise your chances of getting atrial fibrillation (AFib) or triggering an episode.

  3. What Are Heart Murmurs?

    WebMD explores the possible causes of heart murmurs, as well as treatment options and prevention.

  4. Potassium and Your Heart

    A diet that includes potassium-rich fruits and vegetables is good for the heart. Learn the role of this mineral in keeping cholesterol, blood pressure, and an abnormal heart rhythm in check.

  5. What is Peripheral Artery Disease of the Legs?

    Peripheral artery disease narrows arteries in the legs, limiting blood flow. Are you one of the 8 million Americans affected by PAD?

  6. Heart Disease: Walking for a Healthy Heart

    Walking is a form of aerobic exercise and is one of the easiest ways to increase your physical activity and improve your health. Physical activity increases your heart rate, strengthens your heart, and increases blood circulation through your body, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to your organs. Exercise also increases your lungs' ability to take in oxygen, lowers blood pressure, helps to ...

  7. Coronary Artery Disease - Cause

    Coronary artery disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on the inside of your coronary arteries. In most people, plaque buildup begins early in life and gradually develops over a lifetime.2Coronary artery disease (CAD) typically begins when the inside walls of the coronary arteries are damaged, due to one or more underlying conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, ..

  8. Coronary Artery Disease - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:Chest pain that has not gone away within 5 minutes after taking one nitroglycerin and/or resting. After calling, continue to stay on the phone with the emergency operator, he or she will give you further instructions. See how to take nitroglycerin. Chest pain or discomfort that is crushing or squeezing, feels ..

  9. Coronary Artery Disease - Prevention

    From 1992 to 2002, the death rate from coronary artery disease (CAD) declined by 26% in the United States. This decline is attributed to the steps people are taking to prevent coronary artery disease, including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, changing diet and exercise habits, quitting smoking, and improved medical care.3Coronary artery disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on the ..

  10. Coronary Artery Disease - Medications

    Many people have difficulty correctly taking their medications for coronary artery disease (CAD). Often, they need to take several medications at different times of the day. Also, for some people, the medications are not affordable. However, medications are often an essential key to treatment, and people who do not take them as prescribed have an increased risk of complications and ...

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