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  1. Congenital Heart Defects - Surgery

    If your child has a large or complex congenital heart defect, he or she may need open-heart surgery. The kind of surgery will depend on what defect the child has.

  2. Congenital Heart Defects - Exams and Tests

    Testing for congenital heart defects can be done while a woman is pregnant or after a baby's birth. A fetal echocardiogram, which can be done as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, is the best test before a baby's birth. The test uses sound waves to take pict

  3. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about heart attacks and unstable angina:What is a heart attack? What is unstable angina?What causes a heart attack?What are the symptoms of a heart attack?What increases my risk for a heart attack?What other conditions cause symptoms similar to a heart attack?Being diagnosed:When should I see my doctor?How is a heart attack diagnosed?How will my doctor diagnose chest pain?How will my ...

  4. Living With Heart Failure

    Your attitude and level of participation in your treatment can strongly impact how you feel. Taking care of yourself will help you feel better and improve your health so that you can enjoy life. Taking your medicines as directed, controlling your diet, and getting regular exercise are lifestyle changes that are key to controlling heart failure symptoms and preventing sudden heart failure.Limit ...

  5. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Cause

    The major underlying cause of unstable angina and heart attack is coronary artery disease (CAD). Coronary artery disease occurs when plaque builds up over years inside your coronary arteries and reduces blood flow to the heart muscle. In many people, coronary artery disease begins in adolescence and gradually develops over a lifetime.High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking damage your .

  6. Coronary Artery Disease - Overview

    What is coronary artery disease?Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common form of heart disease and top cause of death in the United States.1 This condition occurs when the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply oxygen - rich blood to your heart muscle, gradually become narrowed or blocked by plaque deposits. The plaque deposits decrease the space through which blood can flow. Poo

  7. What Increases Your Risk

    Heart failure is generally the result of another disease, often coronary artery disease. Anything that increases your risk for developing that underlying disease is a risk factor for heart failure. This includes:Risk factors for coronary artery disease and heart attack.Risk factors for high blood pressure.Risk factors for heart valve disease.Risk factors for diabetes (because diabetes can ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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

  10. Coronary Artery Disease - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD) depends upon how far the disease has already progressed. Coronary artery disease is the buildup of plaque on the inside of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply oxygen - rich blood to heart muscle. As you review your treatment options, consider the following:No matter what medical treatment you receive, lifestyle changes-including quitting

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