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  1. Heart Disease and Atherosclerosis

    WebMD's definition of atherosclerosis.

  2. Heart Disease and the Doctor's Exam

    WebMD's guide to simple tests for heart disease.

  3. How to Boost Your 'Good' Cholesterol

    They call HDL cholesterol your "good" cholesterol for a reason. Gather some tips for increasing your level of HDL cholesterol and boosting heart health.

  4. Malignant High Blood Pressure - Topic Overview

    Malignant high blood pressure (malignant hypertension) is very high blood pressure that comes on suddenly and is an emergency. If not treated,it can damage the brain,heart,eyes,or kidneys. Symptoms include numbness,blurry vision,chest pain,and confusion. This problem is also called hypertensive crisis or hypertensive emergency. Quick-acting medicines are used to lower blood pressure. ...

  5. Heart-Healthy Eating - Topic Overview

    What is heart-healthy eating?A heart-healthy diet focuses on adding more healthy foods to your diet and cutting back on foods that aren't so good for you. It is part of a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes regular activity and not smoking.The American Heart Association publishes heart-healthy diet guidelines for all adults and for children older than age 2.To put these guidelines into action, see:Heart Disease: Eating a Heart-Healthy Diet.If you already have heart or blood vessel problems, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, specific eating plans can help you manage those problems.A few simple ideasEat more fruits and vegetables and other high-fiber foods.Choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.Eat at least two servings of fish each week. Oily fish, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, are best. These fish include salmon, mackerel, lake trout, herring, and sardines. If you cannot eat fish, you can also get omega-3 fats from omega-3 eggs,

  6. Nitrates for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina

    Drug details for Nitrates for heart attack and unstable angina.

  7. End-of-Life Decisions

    Although heart failure treatment is increasingly successful at prolonging life and reducing complications and hospital stays, heart failure can be a progressive, fatal condition. Many important end - of - life decisions can be made while you are active and able to communicate your wishes.More informationHow can I help make decisions about long - term care?How can I prepare for end - of - life issu

  8. Supraventricular Tachycardia - What Increases Your Risk

    Some lifestyle factors can increase your risk of having an episode of supraventricular tachycardia, such as overuse of caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol or use of illegal drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine.Decongestants that contain stimulants should also be avoided, including oxymetazoline (such as Afrin and other brands) and pseudoephedrine (such as Sudafed, Actifed, and other brands). ...

  9. Heart-Healthy Eating: Fish - Topic Overview

    Eating fish may help lower your risk of coronary artery disease. The American Heart Association recommends that healthy adults eat at least two servings of fish each week. Oily fish,which contain omega-3 fatty acids,are best for your heart. These fish include tuna,salmon,mackerel,lake trout,herring,and sardines. In people with heart problems,omega-3 fatty acids may help lower their ...

  10. Mitral Valve Prolapse - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services immediately if you have:Symptoms of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), such as sudden numbness, tingling, or weakness in or an inability to move part or all of one side of the body; vision changes that come on suddenly; or sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech.Call a doctor immediately if you have MVP and you have:Symptoms of heart failure, .

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