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  1. Cardiac Rehabilitation - Why It Is Done

    Cardiac rehab can help you recover from a heart attack or other major heart problem or help improve your quality of life if you have long - term heart disease, such as chronic angina or heart failure. Cardiac rehab can also help you prevent future heart problems if you are at high risk for heart disease or heart attack. Studies have shown that people of any age can benefit from a rehab program, bu

  2. Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about aortic valve regurgitation:What is aortic valve regurgitation?What causes aortic valve regurgitation?What are the symptoms of aortic valve regurgitation?What increases my risk of aortic valve regurgitation?How are chronic and acute aortic valve regurgitation different?Being diagnosed:When should I see a doctor?How will my doctor diagnose aortic valve regurgitation?What is an ...

  3. Mitral Valve Prolapse - Exams and Tests

    Since most people with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) do not have symptoms, MVP is usually discovered during a routine health exam. If MVP is detected in children, it is often when they are between 10 and 16 years old.4 In some women who are only mildly affected by MVP, the condition may become undetectable after middle age. Medical history and physical examYour doctor may suspect MVP if he or she ..

  4. Joyce's story

    Joyce's first symptom of heart failure hit hard-and suddenly. "I woke up one morning and couldn't breathe," she says. "I was real shaky,and I couldn't lie down at all." Joyce,83,went to the hospital and was diagnosed with heart failure. Then 3 days later,a pacemaker was placed in her chest. Her doctor explained that she had an irregular heartbeat and that a pacemaker could fix it. "My ...

  5. Congenital Heart Defects: Complications - Topic Overview

    Most children and adults who have corrected congenital heart defects lead normal lives. But complications sometimes develop.These complications may start when the child is very young, or they may start in adulthood.Heart problemsHeart failure. This is a major complication of congenital heart defects. Heart failure may develop many years after the defect is diagnosed. It can cause a variety of symptoms, such as severe difficulty breathing or irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias). Heart murmur. Many people with congenital heart defects have a humming sound (heart murmur) that can be heard with a stethoscope even after the heart defect is repaired. Some murmurs are a sign of a heart problem, but most heart murmurs are harmless and often are outgrown (sometimes called innocent heart murmurs). Children with congenital heart defects need to have any murmur regularly checked by a doctor. Heart rate and rhythm problems. These heart problems can happen in children and adults who have congenital

  6. Mitral Valve Regurgitation - Ongoing Concerns

    Chronic mitral valve regurgitation (MR) develops slowly, and most people go years without experiencing any symptoms. Before symptoms develop, your condition may not be serious and you generally feel good. However, even during this time, MR is doing irreversible damage to your heart. Because of this ongoing damage, your doctor may suggest surgery before you develop symptoms. Although it may be ...

  7. Mitral Valve Prolapse - Ongoing Concerns

    Monitoring your condition and seeing your doctorMany people with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) are not aware that they have it until they have a routine physical or other checkup. Symptoms are rare. There is a slight chance of complications; if your doctor thinks you are at risk for complications, he or she will do more frequent exams. Tests, such as echocardiograms, are rarely ...

  8. Coronary Artery Disease - End-of-Life Decisions

    Although treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD) is increasingly successful at prolonging life and reducing complications and hospitalization, coronary artery disease can lead to a heart attack, stroke, and other fatal conditions. Many important end - of - life decisions can be made while you are active and able to communicate your wishes.When you are diagnosed with coronary artery disease, yo

  9. Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: How to Prepare - Topic Overview

    How do I prepare for CABG surgery? There are many things that you can and must do in the days and weeks before your coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your CABG surgery. CABG surgery is an invasive procedure that has a fairly long recovery time,so it is important that you prepare carefully for your surgery as well ...

  10. Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)

    Drug details for Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs).

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