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  1. Heart Failure: Checking Your Weight

    People with heart failure need to track their weight carefully. Sudden weight gain may mean that fluid is building up in your body because your heart failure is getting worse.

  2. Coronary Artery Disease - Angioplasty

    Several nonsurgical procedures are used to treat coronary artery disease. They are called nonsurgical procedures because the repair is done through a catheter inserted into an artery, and neither a large incision nor general anesthesia are needed.Two such procedures, angioplasty (often combined with stenting) and atherectomy, are used to reopen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. Angioplasty, .

  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. Digoxin for Atrial Fibrillation

    Drug details for Digoxin for atrial fibrillation.

  5. Aortic Valve Regurgitation - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional if you have symptoms of aortic valve regurgitation such as fainting, chest pain, or shortness of breath. For more information, see the Symptoms section of this topic. Your doctor will confirm whether you have valve problems or some other condition.Acute aortic valve regurgitation comes on suddenly, with severe shortness of breath, a rapid heart rate, and ...

  6. Symptoms

    In the earliest stages of heart failure, you may not have any symptoms. Shortness of breath with exertion and fatigue often develop when the weakened heart is not pumping enough blood to meet your body's needs for oxygen and nutrients. The body's efforts to make up for heart failure eventually cause symptoms to get worse. Classic symptoms of heart failureSymptomWhat is it?More ...

  7. Electrical Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation

    Electrical cardioversion is a procedure in which an electric current is used to reset the heart's rhythm back to its regular pattern (normal sinus rhythm). The low - voltage electric current enters the body through metal paddles or patches applied to the chest wall. Cardioversion is used:To stop atrial fibrillation that has not stopped on its own or after a trial of antiarrhythmic medications has

  8. Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for aortic valve regurgitation usually depends on whether you have symptoms from your leaky heart valve and whether your heart is pumping effectively. Other factors that play a part in treatment decisions include your age (older people may be at greater - than - average risk for complications of some treatments), risks associated with surgery, and the experience of the doctor and health

  9. Topic Overview

    Most people with heart failure can still have an active sex life. But sexual problems are common. Your interest may drop,or you may have shortness of breath or other symptoms that limit your ability to have sex. Men may have erection problems. To make sex easier on you and your heart: Avoid sexual activity when: It's very hot or humid outside. You're under stress. You've just had a meal. ...

  10. Cardiac Rehabilitation - Exams and Tests

    Before starting a cardiac rehab program, a thorough risk assessment will be done to determine your heart health and the types of exercises you can safely do. Testing may be done before and during cardiac rehab to help your doctor decide whether you can safely take part in a program and to monitor your progress.Tests to determine your ability to exercise that may be done before you start cardiac ..

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