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  1. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Overview

    What is a heart attack?A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the heart starts to die. A heart attack doesn't have to be deadly. Quick treatment can restore blood flow to the heart and save your life.Your doctor might call a heart attack a myocardial infarction, or MI. What is angina, and why is unstable angina a ...

  2. Coronary Artery Disease - Surgery

    The goals of surgery for coronary artery disease (CAD) are to: Restore blood flow to the heart muscle.Relieve chest pain (angina).Allow you to maintain or resume a normal lifestyle. In some cases, surgery may allow you to live longer.Although many people with CAD can be treated with medication or angioplasty, coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is sometimes needed. This surgery routes blood ...

  3. Coronary Artery Disease - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about coronary artery disease (CAD):What is CAD?What causes CAD?What are the symptoms of CAD?What increases my risk for CAD?What is my risk for having a heart attack?When do I need to see my doctor?Being diagnosed:What is important for my doctor to know about my condition?How will my doctor diagnose CAD?How can an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) help diagnose CAD?Should I have an ...

  4. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Symptoms

    The most common symptom of a heart attack is severe chest pain, although this sensation is not always present. In a recent review of 700 people treated for heart attack, 47% came to the emergency room because they had symptoms other than chest pain, including shortness of breath, dizziness, weakness or fainting, and abdominal pain.2Women, older adults, and people with diabetes are less likely to .

  5. Coronary Artery Disease - Prevention

    From 1992 to 2002, the death rate from coronary artery disease (CAD) declined by 26% in the United States. This decline is attributed to the steps people are taking to prevent coronary artery disease, including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, changing diet and exercise habits, quitting smoking, and improved medical care.3Coronary artery disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on the ..

  6. Coronary Artery Disease - Exams and Tests

    To diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD), your health professional will complete a medical history and physical exam. Usually, the need for further testing depends on your risk factors and symptoms. Testing strategies also vary from doctor to doctor.If coronary artery disease is suspected, you may have tests to determine the diagnosis. The most common initial tests are electrocardiogram (EKG or .

  7. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - End-of-Life Decisions

    Although treatment for a heart attack is increasingly successful at prolonging life and reducing complications and hospitalization, a heart attack can lead to progressive, fatal conditions, such as heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Many important end - of - life decisions can be made while you are active and able to communicate your wishes.When you are diagnosed with a heart

  8. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Prevention

    The percentage of Americans who have a heart attack, as well as the number of resulting deaths, has continued to decrease since the 1970s. This decline is mainly attributed to the steps people are taking to prevent coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack, including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and changing diet and exercise habits.14The most important lifestyle changes that you .

  9. Coronary Artery Disease - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD) depends upon how far the disease has already progressed. Coronary artery disease is the buildup of plaque on the inside of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply oxygen - rich blood to heart muscle. As you review your treatment options, consider the following:No matter what medical treatment you receive, lifestyle changes-including quitting

  10. Coronary Artery Disease - Symptoms

    Typically, the earliest symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD) are chest pain, also called angina, and shortness of breath with exertion. Other symptoms of coronary artery disease include a fast heartbeat, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and increased perspiration.Heart attack symptoms in men and women often differ. Men usually have the typical type of chest pain that comes with exertion and ...

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