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  1. Heart Failure and Biventricular Pacemakers

    WebMD explains when and how a biventricular pacemaker is used as a treatment for heart failure.

  2. Ventricular Septal Defect

    Ventricular septal defect is the most common congenital heart condition. Learn more about its symptoms and treatment.

  3. Tetralogy of Fallot

    Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect, can be mild or life-threatening. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of this condition.

  4. Heart Disease and Atherosclerosis

    WebMD's definition of atherosclerosis.

  5. Heart Disease and the Doctor's Exam

    WebMD's guide to simple tests for heart disease.

  6. 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 ...

  7. Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Minimally Invasive Methods - Topic Overview

    Standard coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is very successful in improving blood flow to the heart. But the procedure is very invasive to your body for two major reasons: It involves making a large chest incision to expose your heart and arteries. It requires stopping your heart and connecting you to a heart-lung bypass machine that takes over the work of your heart and lungs. ...

  8. 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, ..

  9. Mitral Valve Regurgitation - Cause

    There are two forms of mitral valve regurgitation (MR): chronic and acute. Chronic mitral valve regurgitation develops slowly over several years. Acute MR develops suddenly.Chronic mitral valve regurgitation The most common cause of chronic mitral valve regurgitation is mitral valve disease that damages the mitral valve flaps over time. The flaps then allow blood to leak backward (regurgitate) ...

  10. Procedures That May Require Antibiotics to Prevent Endocarditis - Topic Overview

    The American Heart Association recommends preventive (prophylactic) antibiotics for some people who are at increased risk for developing endocarditis. 1 These people should have preventive antibiotics before they have certain procedures that may release bacteria into the bloodstream. If you are at increased risk for endocarditis,talk with your doctor or your dentist about the need for ...

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