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Heart Disease Health Center

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  1. Aortic Aneurysm - 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, ..

  2. 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 ...

  3. Aortic Aneurysm - Surgery

    The goals of surgery for coronary artery disease (CAD) are to: Restore blood flow to the heart muscle.Relieve chest pain (angina).Allow you to maintain or resume a normal lifestyle. In some cases, surgery may allow you to live longer.Although many people with CAD can be treated with medication or angioplasty, coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is sometimes needed. This surgery routes blood ...

  4. Aortic Aneurysm - 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 ..

  5. Aortic Aneurysm - 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

  6. Aortic Aneurysm - What Happens

    After being diagnosed with coronary artery disease (CAD), your biggest concerns will probably be managing your symptoms and reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke, or other complications.Symptoms of coronary artery disease often begin when less blood flows to the heart muscle. Sometimes collateral circulation develops to provide another source of oxygen - rich blood to the deprived heart ...

  7. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about coronary artery disease (CAD):What is CAD?What causes CAD?What are the symptoms of CAD?What increases my risk for CAD?What is my risk for having a heart attack?When do I need to see my doctor?Being diagnosed:What is important for my doctor to know about my condition?How will my doctor diagnose CAD?How can an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) help diagnose CAD?Should I have an ...

  8. Cardiac Rehabilitation - Living With Heart Disease

    A diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD), can be difficult to accept and understand. If you do not have symptoms, it may be especially hard to recognize that CAD is a serious disease that can lead to complications. Coronary artery disease is caused by the gradual buildup of plaque on the inside of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply oxygen - rich blood to heart muscle.It is ..

  9. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - 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 ..

  10. Medical Emergency: Learn to Spot Stroke, Angina, and Heart Attack Symptoms

    Recognizing the symptoms of heart attacks and strokes is key in saving lives and reducing disability. WebMD explains what to look for and how to respond.

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