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  1. 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 ...

  2. Mitral Valve Stenosis - Overview

    What is mitral valve stenosis?Mitral valve stenosis is a heart condition in which the mitral valve fails to open as wide as it should. Although it has no immediate effect on health, eventually mitral valve stenosis can cause irregular heartbeats and possibly heart failure or other complications, including stroke, heart infection, pulmonary edema, and blood clots. See an illustration of an open ...

  3. Nitrates for Coronary Artery Disease

    Drug details for Nitrates for coronary artery disease.

  4. Mitral Valve Prolapse: Children Who Play Sports - Topic Overview

    If you have a child with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) and are concerned about your child playing in sports activities,talk with your child's doctor. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that participation in sports activities be based on the following guidelines: 1 If your child does not have symptoms of mitral valve regurgitation and the family has no history of sudden death associated ...

  5. Medical History and Physical Exam for a Slow Heart Rate

    A doctor will ask you questions about your medical history and do a physical exam to evaluate your symptoms. The information gained from your medical background and physical exam may provide important clues about your symptoms. It also can help a doctor recommend specific tests to help diagnose and treat your condition.If the doctor thinks you have bradycardia, he or she may ask:What symptoms ...

  6. Pericarditis - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about pericarditis: What is pericarditis? What is pericardial effusion? What is pericardial drainage (pericardiocentesis)? ...

  7. Supraventricular Tachycardia - Prevention

    You can reduce your risk of having episodes of supraventricular tachycardia by avoiding certain stimulants or stressors, such as caffeine, nicotine, some medications (for example, decongestants), illegal drugs (such as methamphetamines and cocaine), excess alcohol, lack of sleep, and overeating.If fast heart rates continue, long - term medications such as beta - blockers may be used to help preven

  8. Atrial Fibrillation - What Increases Your Risk

    Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include:Age older than 60.Being white and male.Heart failure.Heart valve disease.High blood pressure.Coronary artery disease and heart attack.Obesity.4A family history of atrial fibrillation.5Surgery on the heart.A history of rheumatic fever.Infection, such as pneumonia or endocarditis.Lung disease, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

  9. 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, ..

  10. 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 ...

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