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  1. Mitral Valve Prolapse: Children Who Play Sports - Topic Overview

    If you have a child with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) and are concerned about your child playing in sports activities,talk with your child's doctor. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that participation in sports activities be based on the following guidelines: 1 If your child does not have symptoms of mitral valve regurgitation and the family has no history of sudden death associated ...

  2. Medical History and Physical Exam for a Slow Heart Rate

    A doctor will ask you questions about your medical history and do a physical exam to evaluate your symptoms. The information gained from your medical background and physical exam may provide important clues about your symptoms. It also can help a doctor recommend specific tests to help diagnose and treat your condition.If the doctor thinks you have bradycardia, he or she may ask:What symptoms ...

  3. Pericarditis - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about pericarditis: What is pericarditis? What is pericardial effusion? What is pericardial drainage (pericardiocentesis)? ...

  4. Supraventricular Tachycardia - Prevention

    You can reduce your risk of having episodes of supraventricular tachycardia by avoiding certain stimulants or stressors, such as caffeine, nicotine, some medications (for example, decongestants), illegal drugs (such as methamphetamines and cocaine), excess alcohol, lack of sleep, and overeating.If fast heart rates continue, long - term medications such as beta - blockers may be used to help preven

  5. Atrial Fibrillation - What Increases Your Risk

    Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include:Age older than 60.Being white and male.Heart failure.Heart valve disease.High blood pressure.Coronary artery disease and heart attack.Obesity.4A family history of atrial fibrillation.5Surgery on the heart.A history of rheumatic fever.Infection, such as pneumonia or endocarditis.Lung disease, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

  6. Coronary Artery Disease - Cause

    Coronary artery disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on the inside of your coronary arteries. In most people, plaque buildup begins early in life and gradually develops over a lifetime.2Coronary artery disease (CAD) typically begins when the inside walls of the coronary arteries are damaged, due to one or more underlying conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, ..

  7. Living With Heart Failure

    Your attitude and level of participation in your treatment can strongly impact how you feel. Taking care of yourself will help you feel better and improve your health so that you can enjoy life. Taking your medicines as directed, controlling your diet, and getting regular exercise are lifestyle changes that are key to controlling heart failure symptoms and preventing sudden heart failure.Limit ...

  8. Medical History and Physical Exam for a Fast Heart Rate

    A medical history and physical examination are routinely used to evaluate an illness or disease. A medical history and physical exam can often reveal as much or more than many diagnostic lab tests because they help uncover important clues about your illness. The medical history and physical exam will often direct further testing.The health professional may ask questions similar to the following: .

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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