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  1. End-of-Life Decisions

    Although heart failure treatment is increasingly successful at prolonging life and reducing complications and hospital stays, heart failure can be a progressive, fatal condition. Many important end - of - life decisions can be made while you are active and able to communicate your wishes.More informationHow can I help make decisions about long - term care?How can I prepare for end - of - life issu

  2. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Cause

    The major underlying cause of unstable angina and heart attack is coronary artery disease (CAD). Coronary artery disease occurs when plaque builds up over years inside your coronary arteries and reduces blood flow to the heart muscle. In many people, coronary artery disease begins in adolescence and gradually develops over a lifetime.High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking damage your .

  3. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I receive CPR and mechanical ventilation?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Exercising for a healthy heart Tips for following the Dietary Approaches to ..

  4. 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. ..

  5. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Surgery

    On rare occasions, coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is done on an emergency basis to treat a heart attack. Coronary artery bypass grafting, also called bypass surgery or "cabbage, " may be needed when a heart attack cannot be safely and effectively treated with medicine or angioplasty. For example, bypass surgery may be done when there are blockages in the coronary arteries that cannot

  6. Turning Off Your ICD - Topic Overview

    How does your ICD help you?Your ICD can save your life.Your ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) is always checking your heart rate and rhythm. If the ICD detects a life-threatening rapid heart rhythm, it tries to slow the rhythm to get it back to normal. If the dangerous rhythm doesn't stop, the ICD sends an electrical shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. Your ICD may also work as a pacemaker. It can fix a heart rate that is too fast or too slow. It may do so without using a shock.Should you consider turning off your ICD?Even though an ICD can help fix heart rate or rhythm problems, you may not want this at the end of life. Many people consider turning off their ICD when their health goal changes from living longer to getting the most comfort possible at the end of life. The shocks the ICD delivers are painful. Not being shocked will make you more comfortable at the end of life. As you plan for your future and your end of life, include plans for your ICD. The

  7. Other Treatment

    Biventricular pacingSeveral new medical advances benefit people with heart failure. One is the biventricular pacemaker, which synchronizes the rhythm of the heart's chambers (cardiac resynchronization). It has been shown to improve quality of life in people who have severe heart failure and heart rhythm problems.6 New guidelines from the American Heart Association recommend biventricular pacing ..

  8. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - What Increases Your Risk

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the underlying cause of heart attacks in almost every case. Therefore, the more risk factors you have for CAD, the greater your risk for developing unstable angina or having a heart attack. Smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a family history of heart disease are all strong risk factors for coronary artery disease. For more information, ..

  9. 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 ...

  10. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about heart attacks and unstable angina:What is a heart attack? What is unstable angina?What causes a heart attack?What are the symptoms of a heart attack?What increases my risk for a heart attack?What other conditions cause symptoms similar to a heart attack?Being diagnosed:When should I see my doctor?How is a heart attack diagnosed?How will my doctor diagnose chest pain?How will my ...

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