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  1. Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase IV: Long-Term Lifestyle Change - Topic Overview

    Phase III is often referred to as the maintenance phase of cardiac rehab because it emphasizes long-term lifestyle changes,such as a regular exercise program. The program will help you practice and keep healthy behaviors and habits. Your goals for phase III of cardiac rehab are to: Learn lifestyle changes to lower your risk of future heart problems. Continue exercising to regain your physical ...

  2. Mitral Valve Regurgitation - When to Call a Doctor

    Callor other emergency services immediately if you or a person you are with has: Symptoms of a heart attack, including severe chest pain.Symptoms of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).Loss of consciousness (syncope).Call a doctor immediately if you have:Symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the legs and feet.Mitral valve regurgitation (MR) and are

  3. Congenital Heart Defects - Symptoms

    Congenital heart defects cause a wide range of symptoms.

  4. Supraventricular Tachycardia - Topic Overview

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of supraventricular tachycardia. For information on this condition, see the topic Atrial Fibrillation. If you have ventricular tachycardia, see the topic Ventricular Tachycardia.What is supraventricular tachycardia?Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is an abnormal fast heart rhythm that starts in the upper chambers, or the atria, of the heart. ...

  5. Thrombolytics for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina

    Drug details for Thrombolytics for heart attack and unstable angina.

  6. Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Living With Aortic Regurgitation

    Since having aortic valve regurgitation means your heart is working overtime to keep up with your body's needs, your doctor will probably recommend specific lifestyle changes to decrease your heart's workload.If you smoke, your doctor will strongly advise that you quit and may prescribe medication and therapy to help you do so. Studies show that the combination of nicotine replacement therapy, ...

  7. Cardiac Catheterization

    Cardiac catheterization is a test used to check blood flow in the coronary arteries, blood flow, and blood pressure in the heart's chambers; find out how well the heart valves work; and check for defects in the way the heart's wall moves.

  8. Topic Overview

    Heart failure means that your heart muscle does not pump as much blood as your body needs. Failure doesn't mean that your heart has stopped. It means that your heart is not pumping as well as it should. There is more than one type of heart failure,so you might hear your doctor call it different names. The types are based on what problem in the heart is causing it to not pump blood as well. ...

  9. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Types - Topic Overview

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic disease in which the heart muscle grows abnormally, making the heart muscle thicken. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is described as either obstructive or nonobstructive. Nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The heart muscle is abnormally thick but not to the extent that any part of it crowds the lower heart chambers (ventricles). The thicker muscle simply cannot relax properly. This means that less blood can enter the chambers and less blood is circulated to the body. Also, abnormal heart rhythms may develop. Most people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have this type. Obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Portions of the heart muscle become so thick that they bulge out into the lower heart chambers (ventricles). Blocked blood flow and smaller, less effective ventricles result, especially during exercise, when the heart has less time to relax and fill. Thickened heart muscle may also interfere with how the heart valves open and close,

  10. Medications

    You probably will need to take a combination of medicines to treat heart failure, even if you do not have symptoms yet. Medicines do not cure heart failure. However, they can help you manage your symptoms.The goals of drug treatment are to relieve or control symptoms of heart failure, improve daily function and quality of life, slow the progression of the disease, and reduce the risk of ...

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