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  1. Heart Disease: Exercising for a Healthy Heart

    When you have coronary artery disease, it is very important to exercise regularly. If you aren't already active, your doctor may want you to begin an exercise program. Even if you can only do a small amount of exercise, it is better than not doing any exercise at all. Key points:Talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Your doctor may do an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) and ...

  2. Mitral Valve Prolapse - Symptoms

    For most people with mitral valve prolapse (MVP), the effect on the heart is minor, and they have no symptoms. Some people with MVP tell their doctors that they have shortness of breath, chest pain, or heart palpitations.2 These are not proven symptoms of mitral valve prolapse. Many experts believe that such symptoms may be related to anxiety that people feel after being told they have a heart ...

  3. Heart Failure: Checking Your Weight

    People with heart failure need to track their weight carefully. Sudden weight gain may mean that fluid is building up in your body because your heart failure is getting worse.

  4. Coronary Artery Disease - Angioplasty

    Several nonsurgical procedures are used to treat coronary artery disease. They are called nonsurgical procedures because the repair is done through a catheter inserted into an artery, and neither a large incision nor general anesthesia are needed.Two such procedures, angioplasty (often combined with stenting) and atherectomy, are used to reopen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. Angioplasty, .

  5. Coronary Artery Disease - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about coronary artery disease (CAD):What is CAD?What causes CAD?What are the symptoms of CAD?What increases my risk for CAD?What is my risk for having a heart attack?When do I need to see my doctor?Being diagnosed:What is important for my doctor to know about my condition?How will my doctor diagnose CAD?How can an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) help diagnose CAD?Should I have an ...

  6. Digoxin for Atrial Fibrillation

    Drug details for Digoxin for atrial fibrillation.

  7. Aortic Valve Regurgitation - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional if you have symptoms of aortic valve regurgitation such as fainting, chest pain, or shortness of breath. For more information, see the Symptoms section of this topic. Your doctor will confirm whether you have valve problems or some other condition.Acute aortic valve regurgitation comes on suddenly, with severe shortness of breath, a rapid heart rate, and ...

  8. Symptoms

    In the earliest stages of heart failure, you may not have any symptoms. Shortness of breath with exertion and fatigue often develop when the weakened heart is not pumping enough blood to meet your body's needs for oxygen and nutrients. The body's efforts to make up for heart failure eventually cause symptoms to get worse. Classic symptoms of heart failureSymptomWhat is it?More ...

  9. Electrical Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation

    Electrical cardioversion is a procedure in which an electric current is used to reset the heart's rhythm back to its regular pattern (normal sinus rhythm). The low - voltage electric current enters the body through metal paddles or patches applied to the chest wall. Cardioversion is used:To stop atrial fibrillation that has not stopped on its own or after a trial of antiarrhythmic medications has

  10. Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for aortic valve regurgitation usually depends on whether you have symptoms from your leaky heart valve and whether your heart is pumping effectively. Other factors that play a part in treatment decisions include your age (older people may be at greater - than - average risk for complications of some treatments), risks associated with surgery, and the experience of the doctor and health

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