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Heart Disease Health Center

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  1. Alcohol and Heart Disease

    WebMD looks at how drinking alcohol can affect your heart.

  2. Mitral Valve Stenosis - Ongoing Concerns

    Aortic aneurysms are hard to detect, as they often do not cause symptoms. Most people with aortic aneurysms are unaware they have them, and they are often diagnosed during an evaluation for another problem. If you are diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, you need to monitor its size and rate of growth. Set up regular exams with your health professional. This is especially important because ...

  3. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - 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. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Should I Get a Screening Test? ...

  4. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - What Increases Your Risk

    The leading risk factors for an aortic aneurysm are:2Advanced age.Being male.High blood pressure.Smoking. Ninety percent of people with aneurysms have smoked.3Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms.You may be able to change or control some of the risk factors that lead to atherosclerosis, such as: Smoking.High cholesterol.High blood pressure.Obesity.Diabetes. ...

  5. Health Problems Associated With Adult Obesity - Exams and Tests

    Aortic aneurysms are often discovered during an X - ray, ultrasound, or echocardiogram done for other reasons. Occasionally, an abdominal aneurysm is felt during a routine physical examination. If this is the case, your doctor will perform a medical history and physical examination.Once an aneurysm is suspected or diagnosed, it is important to:Pinpoint the location of the aneurysm.Estimate its ...

  6. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Cause

    Abdominal and thoracicaortic aneurysms are caused by a number of factors, including:Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Exactly how atherosclerosis leads to abdominal aortic aneurysms is unclear. It is thought that atherosclerosis causes changes in the lining of the artery wall that may affect oxygen and nutrient flow to the aortic wall tissues. The resulting tissue damage and breakdown .

  7. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Topic Overview

    If you have symptoms of giant cell arteritis (GCA) and your doctor believes you may have it,he or she may order a temporal artery biopsy to make sure. Giant cell arteritis can occur at various points along an artery. To test for giant cell arteritis,your doctor may have a surgeon take a sample of a blood vessel on your temple and test it for inflammation. If a temporal artery biopsy shows no ...

  8. Chest X-Ray

    A chest X-ray is a picture of the chest that shows your heart, lungs, airway, blood vessels, and lymph nodes.

  9. Cardiac Rehabilitation - Living With an Aortic Aneurysm

    If you have an aortic aneurysm, you need close medical monitoring and possibly treatment. Talk with your doctor about how often you should come in for testing.Home treatment is appropriate to help prevent or control conditions that may be causing you to have an aortic aneurysm, such as atherosclerosis or high blood pressure.Stop smoking. Smoking increases the rate of aneurysm growth by 20% to 25%

  10. Aortic Aneurysm - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services immediately if you have signs of a ruptured aortic aneurysm such as:Sudden, severe pain. An extreme drop in blood pressure. Signs of shock. If you witness a person become unconscious, call or other emergency services and start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The emergency operator can coach you on how to perform CPR. For more information about CPR, see the ...

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