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  1. When to Call a Doctor

    Callor other emergency services immediately if you have:Chest pain that has not gone away within 5 minutes after taking one nitroglycerin and/or resting, especially if the pain is pressing or crushing and occurs with shortness of breath, sweating, and nausea.Symptoms of a stroke. These include: Sudden onset of tingling, numbness, weakness, or inability to move (paralysis) part or all of one side .

  2. Coronary Artery Disease - What Increases Your Risk

    Some risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD), such as your sex, age, and family history, cannot be changed. Other risk factors for CAD that are related to lifestyle often can be changed. Your chance of developing coronary artery disease increases with the number of risk factors you have.Coronary artery disease risk factors include:Cigarette smoking.High blood pressure.High ...

  3. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Symptoms

    The most common symptom of a heart attack is severe chest pain, although this sensation is not always present. In a recent review of 700 people treated for heart attack, 47% came to the emergency room because they had symptoms other than chest pain, including shortness of breath, dizziness, weakness or fainting, and abdominal pain.2Women, older adults, and people with diabetes are less likely to .

  4. 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

  5. Coronary Artery Disease - Symptoms

    Typically, the earliest symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD) are chest pain, also called angina, and shortness of breath with exertion. Other symptoms of coronary artery disease include a fast heartbeat, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and increased perspiration.Heart attack symptoms in men and women often differ. Men usually have the typical type of chest pain that comes with exertion and ...

  6. Medications

    You probably will need to take a combination of medicines to treat heart failure, even if you do not have symptoms yet. Medicines do not cure heart failure. However, they can help you manage your symptoms.The goals of drug treatment are to relieve or control symptoms of heart failure, improve daily function and quality of life, slow the progression of the disease, and reduce the risk of ...

  7. Cause

    Heart failure is caused by diseases or other factors that affect the pumping ability of the heart, specifically the left lower chamber (left ventricle). When the heart cannot pump well, it is called systolic heart failure. Things that affect how the heart pumps include:Coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack (most common causes).Damage from poorly controlled high blood pressure or ...

  8. Topic Overview

    What is heart failure?Heart failure means your heart muscle does not pump as much blood as your body needs. Failure does not mean that your heart has stopped. It means that your heart is not pumping as well as it should.Because your heart cannot pump well, your body tries to make up for it. To do this: Your body holds on to salt and water. This increases the amount of blood in your bloodstream. ..

  9. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Treatment for Complications

    In the past decade, angioplasty, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), has become a common procedure in large medical centers in the United States. Angioplasty is done during cardiac catheterization or coronary angiogram.During a cardiac catheterization, a tiny tube (called a catheter) is threaded through an artery of an arm or leg up into the heart and a dye that contains ...

  10. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - End-of-Life Decisions

    Although treatment for a heart attack is increasingly successful at prolonging life and reducing complications and hospitalization, a heart attack can lead to progressive, fatal conditions, such as heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Many important end - of - life decisions can be made while you are active and able to communicate your wishes.When you are diagnosed with a heart

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