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  1. Coronary Artery Disease - 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 have an angiogram to test for coronary artery disease? Should I stop life - prolonging treatment?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Exercising for a ...

  2. Coronary Artery Disease - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:Chest pain that has not gone away within 5 minutes after taking one nitroglycerin and/or resting. After calling, continue to stay on the phone with the emergency operator, he or she will give you further instructions. See how to take nitroglycerin. Chest pain or discomfort that is crushing or squeezing, feels ..

  3. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Preventing Another Heart Attack

    Once you've had a heart attack, your biggest concern will probably be that you could have another one. Taking your medicines as directed will be an important part of preventing another heart attack. Medicines commonly prescribed after a heart attack include drugs to:Prevent blood clots.Decrease the work of your heart.Improve your heart’s pumping ability.Lower cholesterol.Treat irregular ...

  4. 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, ..

  5. 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

  6. Treatment Overview

    Treatment depends on the cause of heart failure, which type you have, the severity of your symptoms (classification), and how well your body is able to compensate.Treatment of heart failure that is caused by a filling problem (diastolic heart failure) may differ from treatment of heart failure that is caused by a pumping problem (systolic heart failure). Identifying the type of heart failure you .

  7. Coronary Artery Disease - What Happens

    After being diagnosed with coronary artery disease (CAD), your biggest concerns will probably be managing your symptoms and reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke, or other complications.Symptoms of coronary artery disease often begin when less blood flows to the heart muscle. Sometimes collateral circulation develops to provide another source of oxygen - rich blood to the deprived heart ...

  8. Prevention

    The best way to prevent heart failure is to make changes in your lifestyle that lower your risk of developing heart disease. It is also important to control certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, to lessen your chances of developing heart failure. Heart disease caused by narrowing and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) in the blood vessels of the heart and ..

  9. Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Activity and exercise for heart failure Avoiding triggers for sudden heart failure Eating less sodium when you have heart failure Taking your medicines properly when you have heart failure Watching your fluid intake when .

  10. Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about heart failure:What is heart failure?What causes heart failure?What are the symptoms of heart failure?What increases my risk for heart failure?When do I need to see my doctor?Who is affected by heart failure?Being diagnosed:How will my doctor diagnose heart failure?What is an echocardiogram?What are the different types of heart failure?Should I see a specialist?Getting treatment: ...

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