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    Heart failure usually gets worse over time. But there are many things you can do to feel better,stay healthy longer,and avoid the hospital. Self-care means managing your health by doing certain things every day,like weighing yourself. It's about knowing which symptoms to watch for so you can avoid getting worse. When you practice good self-care,you know when it's time to call your doctor ...

  2. SPECT Image of the Heart - Topic Overview

    Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a nuclear medicine imaging test. It is a type of positron emission tomography,also called a PET scan. Doctors use SPECT to: Diagnose a person with symptoms of heart disease. Assess your risk of heart attack. Find damaged heart tissue after a heart attack. When used to detect whether a heart attack is occurring or may occur,SPECT locates ...

  3. Congenital Heart Defects - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for congenital heart defects may include medicines, heart catheterization, and surgery.

  4. History and Physical Exam for Atrial Fibrillation

    Asking questions about your medical history and doing a physical exam for atrial fibrillation can reveal important information about your health and will often direct more testing.Your doctor may ask the following questions:What symptoms, if any, have you experienced?Have you experienced a sensation of fluttering in your chest? Any lightheadedness? Any chest pain? Any shortness of breath?Have you

  5. Cardiac Output - Topic Overview

    For the body to function properly,the heart needs to pump blood at a sufficient rate to maintain an adequate and continuous supply of oxygen and other nutrients to the brain and other vital organs. Cardiac output is the term that describes the amount of blood your heart pumps each minute. Doctors think about cardiac output in terms of the following equation: Cardiac output = stroke volume × ...

  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. Topic Overview

    High-output heart failure happens when the body's need for blood is unusually high,so heart failure symptoms happen even though the heart is working well. This type of heart failure happens to a very small number of people with heart failure. What happens to the heart? High-output heart failure occurs when the normally functioning heart cannot keep up with an unusually high demand for blood to ...

  8. Antiplatelet Medicine for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina

    Drug details for Other antiplatelet medications for heart attack and unstable angina.

  9. Carotid Artery Stenting

    Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is a procedure that can be used to open narrowed carotid arteries. It is also called carotid angioplasty and stenting. There are two carotid arteries-one on each side of the neck-that supply blood to the brain. Fatty buildup ( plaque ) can narrow or block these arteries (stenosis). When one or both of your carotid arteries are narrowed,it can make it hard for ...

  10. 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 ...

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