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  1. 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.

  2. Cardiac Catheterization

    Cardiac catheterization is a test used to check blood flow in the coronary arteries, blood flow, and blood pressure in the heart's chambers; find out how well the heart valves work; and check for defects in the way the heart's wall moves.

  3. Ambulatory Electrocardiogram

    An ambulatory electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) records the electrical activity of your heart while you do your usual activities.

  4. Topic Overview

    What is high cholesterol?Cholesterol is a type of fat. Your body needs it for many things, such as making new cells. But too much cholesterol in your blood increases your chances of having a heart attack and stroke. You get cholesterol from the foods you eat and from your liver. Your liver makes most of the cholesterol your body needs.Desirable cholesterol is less than 200 milligrams per ...

  5. High Cholesterol - Making Lifestyle Changes

    Eating a sensible diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, getting moderate exercise, and losing excess weight are important ways you can lower your high cholesterol level. For many people, these lifestyle changes may be all that is needed to decrease LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol.If high cholesterol runs in your family, you may not be able to reduce your cholesterol level by ...

  6. 9 Tips to Lower Risk of a Heart Attack or Stroke

    Nine tips to lower heart and stroke risk -- whether you have a heart problem now or you're trying to prevent one.

  7. Heart Disease and Congestive Heart Failure

    WebMD explains congestive heart failure, including causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

  8. 10 Questions to Ask Doctor About Heart Disease

    If you've just been diagnosed with a form of heart disease, take these 10 basic questions, formulated by the experts at WebMD, to your next doctor appointment.

  9. Understanding Your Cholesterol Report

    WebMD explains cholesterol reports and how to undertstand them. Learn more about HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and more.

  10. Heart Disease and Lead Extraction

    What is a lead extraction? Learn more about the procedure from WebMD.

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