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  1. History and Physical Exam for Heart Failure

    Your medical history includes anything about your past and present health-conditions you used to have or conditions you have now. Tell your doctor about medical problems of any type, including any surgery that you have had. When giving your doctor your medical history, be complete and detailed in your descriptions. Even if an illness is completely gone or does not seem important to you, knowing ..

  2. Atrial Fibrillation - Symptoms

    Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include:Heart palpitations.Irregular pulse.Shortness of breath, especially during physical activity or emotional stress.Weakness, fatigue.Dizziness, confusion.Lightheadedness or fainting (syncope).Chest pain (angina).Atrial fibrillation is often discovered during routine medical checkups, because many people do not have symptoms. Others may notice an irregular ...

  3. Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation

    The maze procedure is a surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation.

  4. When to Have a Cholesterol Test - Topic Overview

    Doctors use different guidelines to decide when a person should have a cholesterol test. Your doctor might suggest a test based on your age or your risk factors for heart disease. Talk to your doctor about when a cholesterol test is right for you.When should adults get tested?Some health organizations recommend that everyone older than 20 be checked for high cholesterol.1Other organizations recommend cholesterol tests based on age and risk factors for heart disease. For example, a test might be recommended for all teens and young adults ages 17 to 21 years. Or a test might be recommended for any adult who has strong risk factors for heart disease.The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends cholesterol tests for:2Men ages 35 and older.Men ages 20 to 35 who have risk factors for heart disease.Women ages 20 and older who have risk factors for heart disease.How often should adults get tested?How often you should get a cholesterol test depends on your cholesterol level, your other

  5. Homocysteine

    Homocysteine tests measure the amount of the amino acid homocysteine in the blood.

  6. Dilated Cardiomyopathy - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about dilated cardiomyopathy: What is dilated cardiomyopathy? How does alcohol cause it? What is shortness of breath while lying down? How can I learn more about heart failure? Getting treatment: What medicines do I take for heart failure? What's the right way to take medicines? What is a heart transplant? Should I get a pacemaker (cardiac resynchronization therapy)? Should I get an ...

  7. Supraventricular Tachycardia - 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. ...

  8. High Blood Pressure - 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. Monitoring your blood pressure at home Taking your high blood pressure medications properly Tips for following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet ...

  9. Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Health Tools

    An interactive tool about eating a steady amount of vitamin K when you take warfarin (Coumadin).

  10. Supraventricular Tachycardia - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about tachycardia:What is supraventricular tachycardia?What causes supraventricular tachycardia?What are the symptoms of supraventricular tachycardia?What increases my risk of developing supraventricular tachycardia?Are there different types of supraventricular tachycardia?What is atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia, and what is atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia?Being ..

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