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  1. Heart Failure: Taking Medicines Properly

    Medicines do not cure heart failure. However, they can make you feel better, help your heart work better, and help you live longer.Key pointsTake a list of your medicines or bring your medicines with you when you visit your doctor. Include both medicines that were prescribed to you by other doctors and any nonprescription medicines and natural supplements that you take. Review the list with your .

  2. History and Physical Exam for Heart Failure

    Your medical history includes anything about your past and present health-conditions you used to have or conditions you have now. Tell your doctor about medical problems of any type, including any surgery that you have had. When giving your doctor your medical history, be complete and detailed in your descriptions. Even if an illness is completely gone or does not seem important to you, knowing ..

  3. Electrocardiogram

    An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG translates the heart's electrical activity into line tracings on paper.

  4. Beta-Blockers for Fast Heart Rates

    Drug details for Beta-blockers for fast heart rates.

  5. Mitral Valve Stenosis - Overview

    What is mitral valve stenosis?Mitral valve stenosis is a heart condition in which the mitral valve fails to open as wide as it should. Although it has no immediate effect on health, eventually mitral valve stenosis can cause irregular heartbeats and possibly heart failure or other complications, including stroke, heart infection, pulmonary edema, and blood clots. See an illustration of an open ...

  6. Mitral Valve Prolapse - Treatment Overview

    Initial treatmentMost people with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) do not have symptoms and do not need treatment. Regular checkups every 3 to 5 years are usually all that is required. A normal lifestyle and regular exercise are recommended for most people with MVP.6If you have symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or palpitations, and your heart exam or echocardiogram suggests a higher ..

  7. 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 × ...

  8. Aortic Valve Stenosis - Cause

    Most people who have aortic valve stenosis are born with a normal, healthy aortic valve but develop stenosis late in life. Aging and calcium buildup cause the leaflets of the valve to thicken and harden, preventing the valve from opening properly. Typically, stenosis develops slowly over many years.Aortic valve stenosis also occurs in people who are born with a valve that has two flaps instead of

  9. Surgery

    People who have heart failure with chest pain (angina) or who have had a heart attack in the past may benefit from coronary artery bypass surgery or angioplasty to open clogged arteries. Some people may have surgery to repair specific underlying causes of heart failure, such as damaged valves. In cases that have a specific treatable cause, surgery sometimes can greatly improve or eliminate heart .

  10. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Treatment Overview

    When a heart attack is in progress, you need to act quickly. Prompt treatment with medicines, angioplasty combined with stenting, or surgery to restore blood flow soon after symptoms first begin can prevent permanent injury to the heart muscle and save your life.Initial treatmentIf you are having a heart attack, the goal of your health care team will be to prevent permanent heart muscle damage by

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