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  1. Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Health Tools

    An interactive tool about eating a steady amount of vitamin K when you take warfarin (Coumadin).

  2. Congenital Heart Defects - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if your child with a congenital heart defect has symptoms of heart failure, a blusih tint to the skin, or a fever that won’t go away.

  3. Coronary Artery Disease - Exams and Tests

    To diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD), your health professional will complete a medical history and physical exam. Usually, the need for further testing depends on your risk factors and symptoms. Testing strategies also vary from doctor to doctor.If coronary artery disease is suspected, you may have tests to determine the diagnosis. The most common initial tests are electrocardiogram (EKG or .

  4. Using Nitroglycerin for Angina - Topic Overview

    What is nitroglycerin?Nitroglycerin is a vasodilator, a medicine that opens blood vessels to improve blood flow. It is used to treat angina-a type of chest pain-that happens when there is not enough blood flowing to the heart. To improve blood flow to the heart, nitroglycerin opens up (dilates) the arteries in the heart (coronary arteries), which improves symptoms and reduces how hard the heart ..

  5. Drug-Eluting Stents - Topic Overview

    Drug-eluting stents are coated with medicine to prevent a coronary artery from narrowing again after angioplasty. Stents are small,wire-mesh tubes that are inserted during angioplasty into a blocked section of the coronary artery to open the artery and improve blood flow. See a picture of a stent. Drug-eluting stents are used more often than bare-metal stents. All stents have a risk that ...

  6. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Risk of Sudden Death - Topic Overview

    Some people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are at high risk for sudden death. If you are at high risk,you may want to ask your doctor about an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). An ICD can identify life-threatening arrhythmias and successfully restore a normal heartbeat. Your doctor may suggest an ICD if you are at high risk for sudden death. You are at high risk for sudden ...

  7. Angioplasty for Coronary Artery Disease

    Angioplasty and related techniques are known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Angioplasty is a procedure in which a narrowed section of the coronary artery is dilated with a balloon catheter. Angioplasty is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time than bypass surgery, which is also done to increase blood flow to the heart muscle but requires open - heart surgery. Most of the time

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Nitrates for Coronary Artery Disease

    Drug details for Nitrates for coronary artery disease.

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